This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1958, Clear was picked as the location of a Missile Detection Station.

• In 1970, Sheffield Enterprises announced it would take over operation of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau. Bill Sheffield later became Governor in 1982.

• In 1979, some 60,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a 5-inch crack in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline contaminating 30 miles of the Atigun River.

In the nation

• In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.

• In 1919, "Sir Barton" won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.

• In 1977, "Seattle Slew" won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.

• In 1978, Joseph Freeman Jr. became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• In 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

• In 1993, the Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also ruled religious groups have a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in worship services. The Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park" opened.

• In 1998, Mitsubishi Motors agreed to pay $34 million to settle allegations that women on the assembly line at its Illinois factory were groped and insulted and that managers did nothing to stop it.

In the world

• In 1509, England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.

• In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

• In 1963, Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

• In 1970, the United States presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base.

• In 1977, a 20-day hostage drama in the Netherlands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and a school held by South Moluccan extremists. Six gunmen and two hostages on the train were killed.

• In 1993, United Nations forces launched a nighttime attack against the forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

• In 2002, Congressional investigators released a report which said Clinton administration workers had defaced equipment and left behind prank messages as they departed the White House in January 2001; but the investigators failed to uncover the widespread problems alleged by some Republicans.

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