This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1968, the Sportsman's Game Preservation Association asked for Gov. Walter Hickel's help to shorten the moose hunting season around Anchorage.

• 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 five-inch crack in the trans-Alaska oil 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 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J., at age 31.

• In 1997, the parents of Timothy McVeigh pleaded for their son's life during the penalty phase of the Oklahoma City bombing trial.

• 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 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.

• In 2007, Se Ri Pak beat Karrie Webb to win the LPGA Championship. "The History Boys" won six Tony Awards, including best play; "Jersey Boys" was named best musical and won four awards.

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 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc set himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

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