This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1921, Scott C. Bone took office as the 10th governor of Alaska, appointed by President Warren Harding.

• In 1925, George A. Parks was inaugurated as the 11th governor of Alaska, appointed by President Calvin Coolidge.

• In 1930, a fire destroyed most of the remaining buildings of the Alaska-Gastineau Mining Co. at Perseverance, near Juneau.

• In 1942, the SS Coldbook was sunk by enemy action off Middleton Island.

• In 1949, the Air Force's 72nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron finished photo-mapping 260,000 square miles of Alaska for strategic locations of defense units. A new company - The Kuskoquim Transportation Co. - announced plans to begin operations on the Kuskoquim River.

• In 1979, the trans-Alaska pipeline sprung a leak 65 miles north of the Valdez Terminal. About 300 barrels of oil sprayed from a 3-inch hairline crack.

In the nation

• In 1858, in a speech in Springfield, Ill., Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

• In 1883, baseball's first "Ladies' Day" took place as the New York Gothams offered women free admission to a game against the Cleveland Spiders. (New York won, 5-2.)

• In 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.

• In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

• In 1932, President Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis were renominated at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

• In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law. (It was later struck down by the Supreme Court.)

• In 1978, 25 years ago, President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.

• In 1998, Massachusetts' highest court cleared the way for Louise Woodward to return home to England, upholding a judge's ruling that freed the au pair convicted of killing a baby. The Detroit Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year after completing a sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 4-1 victory in game four.

• In 2002, a runaway winner again in the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods became the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to capture the first two major championships of the year.

In the world

• In 1955, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron - a ban that was lifted eight years later.

• In 1961, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris.

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