This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1868, the American flag was raised over Fort Wrangell, formerly known as Fort Stikine and Fort Dionysius.

• In 1940, a crew of 25 workmen began construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage. In 1960, a memorial to the late Capt. M. Elmendorf was dedicated. Elmendorf was killed at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio while testing a new type of pursuit plane.

• In 1942, Japanese troops occupied Attu Island at the end of the Aleutian chain.

• In 1950, the Federal Bureau of Mines Station was completed on Juneau (Mayflower) Island.

• In 1969, the MV Tustumena docked at Anchorage. It was 58 feet longer than before, and had 40 percent more space for vehicles and passengers. The "Trusty Tusty" - or the "Rusty Tusty" - provides service to the Aleutian Islands, Seward, Kodiak, and other Prince William Sound ports.

In the nation

• In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky.

• In 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.

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