This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005

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 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 1985, socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., at his retrial on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow.

• In 1995, U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady, rescued after being shot down over Bosnia, described his six-day ordeal at a news conference at Aviano Air Base in Italy, saying he was no "Rambo" and no hero.

• In 2000, the New Jersey Devils won their second Stanley Cup in six seasons with a 2-to-1 victory in double overtime over the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the finals. Commendable won the Belmont Stakes. Frenchwoman Mary Pierce beat Conchita Martinez 6-2, 7-5 to win the French Open women's singles title.

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.

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