This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1868, the American flag was raised over Fort Wrangell.

• In 1940, a crew of 25 workers began construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage. In 1960, a memorial to the late Capt. 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 Tustumena docked at Anchorage after refurbishing. It was 58 feet longer than before, and had 40 percent more space for vehicles and passengers. The "Trusty Tusty" - or the "Rusty Tusty" - provided 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 the present-day Bluegrass State.

• In 1967, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic opened in San Francisco.

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

• In 1997, an 18-member presidential commission approved a report saying that cloning a human being was "morally unacceptable," but adding that research using cells of humans and animals should be allowed. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm failed to win horse racing's Triple Crown, losing the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold.

• In 2002, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was convicted in Norwalk, Conn., of beating Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley to death when they were 15 in 1975.

• In 2006, the U.S. Senate rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

In the world

• In 1753, Britain's King George II gave his assent to an Act of Parliament establishing the British Museum.

• In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.

• In 1948, the Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of President Edvard Benes.

• In 1981, Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons.

• In 2002, a yearlong hostage crisis in the Philippines involving a U.S. missionary couple came to a bloody end as Filipino commandos managed to save only one of the three captives, American Gracia Burnham.

• In 2006, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed by a U.S. airstrike on his safe house.

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