This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 1954, an Anchorage woman fired six shots at her husband while he lay in bed and missed with all of them. She was charged with careless use of a firearm.

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

• 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 vulcanize rubber.

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

• In 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River.

• In 1967, California Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a bill liberalizing his state's abortion law.

• In 2002, a jury in Houston convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, giving a first victory to prosecutors investigating the sudden collapse of energy-trader Enron.

• In 2006, a divided Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting. House Democrats voted to strip embattled Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson of his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In the world

• In 1520, Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs.

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