This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1912, an executive order was issued by President Taft creating the Hydaburg Indian Reservation.

• In 1914, two battery-powered electric locomotives, weighing 4 1/2 tons each, arrived in Juneau by boat. They were scheduled to be used at the Treadwell and the Alaska-Juneau Mines.

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 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y.

• In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day Senate filibuster.

In the world

• In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family took the name "Windsor."

• In 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova returned to Earth after spending nearly three days as the first woman in space.

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