This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

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

In the nation

• In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union.

• In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore.

• 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 with President Wilson over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.

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

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

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