This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1931, Mount Fairweather - west of Glacier Bay - was scaled for the first time.

• In 1959, the drive to raise $750,000 to build a new Providence Hospital in Anchorage began.

In the nation

• In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union.

• In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War.

• In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.

• In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

• In 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football leagues, to take effect in 1970.

• In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.

• In 1996, declaring racial hostility was behind recent church fires in the South, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address he would devote whatever resources were needed to "smother the fires of hatred." "Editor's Note" won the Belmont Stakes.

• In 2005, the Senate confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle. Former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely, the late Valeri Kharlamov and Murray Costello were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In the world

• In 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.)

• In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

• In 1996, China set off an underground nuclear test blast.

• In 2001, a knife-wielding man killed eight children at a Japanese elementary school. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour Party swept to a second term, winning re-election by a crushing margin.

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