This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2006

In Alaska

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

• In 1940, 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 ferry 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 Prince William Sound ports.

In the nation

• In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore the present-day Bluegrass State.

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

• In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party's convention in Baltimore.

• In 1972, the musical "Grease" opened on Broadway.

• In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was dragged to his death behind a pickup in Jasper, Texas. (Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime; a third received life in prison.)

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