This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• 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.

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