This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1887, a burro pack train, the first in Alaska, made its first trip to Silver Bow Basin near Juneau to bring out gold ore.

• In 1939, two U.S. Army helicopters set an unofficial altitude record by landing on and taking off from Mount Sanford, elevation 16,237 feet.

• In 1979, tanker number 1,000, the S.S. ARCO Heritage, sailed from Valdez.

• In 1988, a group of 82 natives, politicians and members of the press made the 45-minute flight from Nome to Provideniya on Friendship Flight One. The flight across the Bering Strait to Siberia was to establish family ties and open up the gateway for a regular flight for tourists.

In the nation

• In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

• In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.

• In 1957, the Mayflower 2, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England.

• In 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent prior to questioning by police.

• In 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

• In 1971, the New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam.

• In 1997, a jury voted unanimously to give Timothy McVeigh the death penalty for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. The Chicago Bulls captured their fifth professional basketball championship in seven years with a 90-86 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 6.

• In 2002, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops held an extraordinary closed-door meeting in Dallas on the sex scandal that had shaken the church as they crafted a plan for a zero-tolerance policy for pedophile priests. The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Game 5 of the finals.

In the world

• In 1944, Germany launched flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.

• In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

• In 2002, backed by the United States, Hamid Karzai overwhelmingly won 18 more months as leader of Afghanistan's fledgling government.

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