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In 1968, the Sportsman's Game Preservation Association asked for Gov. Walter Hickel's help as it sought to shorten the moose hunting season around Anchorage.
In 1970, Sheffield Enterprises Inc. 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 calling for freedom from Britain.
In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.
In 1947, the government announced the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the next day.
In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
In 1996, closing a congressional career that had lasted 312 decades, Bob Dole said good-bye to the Senate to begin in earnest his campaign for the presidency.
In 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
In 2004, the nation bade a lingering goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a stately funeral service in Washington, D.C., followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in his beloved California.
In 2005, the first tropical storm of the season, Arlene, sloshed ashore in the Florida Panhandle. Afleet Alex won the Belmont Stakes by seven lengths.
In the world
In 1509, England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
In 1770, Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
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 2005, the world's richest countries agreed in London to write off more than $40 billion of debt owed by the poorest nations. French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi assistant were freed after more than five months as hostages in Iraq.
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