This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 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 M. 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 1969, the variety show "Hee Haw," a fast-paced mixture of country music and comedy skits, premiered on CBS-TV.

• In 2004, the Southern Baptist Convention quit a global federation of Baptist denominations as SBC leaders denounced the Baptist World Alliance and other groups for accepting liberal theology. The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals for their first championship in 14 years.

• In 2008, the NBC News program "Meet the Press" paid tribute to its host, Tim Russert, who had unexpectedly died two days earlier. "In the Heights" was named best musical, "August: Osage County," best play, at the Tony Awards.

In the world

• In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan.

• In 1978, King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

• In 1994, Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.

• In 1999, thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees flooded back into Kosovo while thousands of Serbs fled. Vessels from North Korea and South Korea clashed on the Yellow Sea; about 30 North Korean sailors are believed to have died. A magnitude 7 earthquake in central Mexico killed at least 17 people.

• In 2004, Tim Berners-Lee received the $1.2 million Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki for creating the World Wide Web.

• In 2008, President George W. Bush went for a bike ride and attended church in Paris, then he and his wife, Laura, traveled to London for meetings with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, as well as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah.

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