This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1956, KINY-TV signed on the air as Juneau's first television station.

• In 1959, a Canadian engineer proposed exchanging Alaska's panhandle for Yukon Territory land west of the Alaska Highway.

• In 1964, Anchorage's highway link with the Kenai Peninsula was cut as an extremely high tide washed out part of the road near Portage.

• In 1974, the National Bank of Alaska predicted that 5,000 families would migrate to Anchorage in 1974, and about 2,500 would migrate to Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1922, singer-actress Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minn.

• In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

• In 1964, the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern states.

• In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others; he was recaptured June 13th.

• In 1978, "Affirmed" won the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown.

• In 1998, a jury in Jacksonville, Fla. ordered Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation to pay nearly one million dollars to the family of Roland Maddox, who had died after smoking Lucky Strikes for almost 50 years. However, a Florida appeals court later overturned the verdict.

In the world

• In 1801, the north African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean.

• In 1865, the Richard Wagner opera "Tristan und Isolde" premiered in Munich, Germany.

• In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.

• In 1942, the Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official.

• In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

• In 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.

• In 1993, scientists announced they had extracted genetic material from the preserved remains of an insect that had lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

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