In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1949, the new Juneau Airport terminal, the first municipally-owned airport terminal in Alaska, was dedicated. The building housed Alaska Coastal Airlines, Pan American Airways, Pacific Northern Airlines, and U.S. customs, as well as three phone booths, a taxicab office and a nursery.
In 1954, Gilbert Grosvenor, chairman of the board of the National Geographic Society, stopped in Juneau on his first Alaska tour.
In 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower visited Alaska during a stopover in Anchorage en route to Japan.
In 1969, five people were dumped in the water when their 18-foot boat collided with a whale north of Juneau.
In the nation
In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
In 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.; he was 37. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)
In 1963, one of Hollywood's most notoriously expensive productions, "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, opened in New York.
In 1967, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
In 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers.
In 1981, major league baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation. (The season did not resume until Aug. 10.)
In 1997, the Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant. Baseball began interleague play, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
In 2002, the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the New Jersey Nets in four games, winning their third straight NBA title with the 113-107 victory.