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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 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 13.
In 1978, Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown.
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 1997, former Black Panther Geronimo Pratt was released on bail after 27 years behind bars on what he says were trumped-up murder charges. (Authorities decided against retrying him.)
In 2007, Jazil cruised to victory, holding off Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes.
In the world
In 1865, the Richard Wagner opera "Tristan und Isolde" premiered in Munich, Germany.
In 1907, 11 men in five cars set out from the French embassy in Beijing on a race to Paris. (Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.)
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 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.
In 1981, in Frascati, Italy, 6-year-old Alfredo Rampi fell down an artesian well; the story ended tragically as efforts to rescue him proved futile.
In 1997, Pope John Paul II bade farewell to his "beloved" native Poland as he ended an 11-day pilgrimage.
In 2007, two Saudis and one Yemeni hanged themselves at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, the first successful suicides at the base after dozens of attempts. Justine Henin-Hardenne won the French Open, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.
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