This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1953, the military port of Whittier was virtually destroyed by a $20 million fire.

• In 1959, voters in Spenard and parts of Mountain View voted for annexation by the city of Anchorage.

• In 1964, voters in the proposed Chilkat Borough in the Haines area defeated incorporation overwhelmingly, 154-22. A dead whale was found near Sitka carrying a Russian made radio-harpoon. A spokesman for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries said there was no cause for alarm, as the device was undoubtedly a new type of gear used by the Russian whaling fleet.

• In 1974, Gov. William Egan sent a telegram to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger protesting the latest incident of fisheries treaty violations by a Japanese gillnet vessel that was sighted illegally salmon fishing.

In the nation

• In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston. The battle, which actually occurred on Breed's Hill, was a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses while dislodging the rebels.

• In 1972, President Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington D.C.'s Watergate complex.

• In 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted in a criminal trial, but held liable in a civil trial.

In the world

• In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales - the first by a woman.

• In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.

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