This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1949, a Reclamation Bureau report to President Harry Truman claimed it was quite conceivable that unless a development plan was made for Alaska, its resources might be divided among the people of the world by the United Nations.

• In 1958, the rain-swollen Matanuska River inundated thousands of acres in the Big Valley area between Palmer and Eklutna.

• In 1970, the trial of Teamsters Union official Jesse Carr on a charge of embezzlement began.

In the nation

• In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

• In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.

• In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber.

• In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.

• In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

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