This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 18, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1834, Russian forces thwarted Hudson Bay Co. plans to go up the Stikine River.

• In 1893, James Sheakley took office as the fourth governor of the district of Alaska, appointed by President Grover Cleveland.

• In 1949, a test bore in the Navy's Reserve Number Four produced a honey-colored oil, but no oil in commercial quantities was found.

• In 1951, daily passenger service on the Alaska Railroad began from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

• In 1959, Ernest Williams, a Kake village leader, was the first person arrested in the state's attempt to enforce its new anti-fishtrap law. Alaska Airlines began construction of its terminal in Wrangell.

In the nation

• In 1586, English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.

• In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War.

• In 1812, the United States declared war against Britain.

• In 1986, 25 people were killed when a twin-engine plane and helicopter carrying sightseers collided over the Grand Canyon.

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