This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 4½ tons each, arrived in Juneau by boat. They were scheduled to be used at the Treadwell and the Alaska-Juneau Mines.

• In 1959, an airborne caravan of 40 small planes piloted by the National Flying Farmers Association landed in Palmer as part of a tour of Alaska. At that time, it was the largest number of planes at the Palmer Airport at one time.

• In 1974, journalist Lowell Thomas Sr. declared Glacier Bay to be one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Later that year, Lowell Thomas Jr. was elected to serve as lieutenant governor to Jay Hammond.

In the nation

• In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.

• In 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free. (This event is celebrated as "Juneteenth.")

• In 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.

• In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission.

• In 1938, four dozen people were killed when a railroad bridge in Montana collapsed, sending a train known as the "Olympian" hurtling into Custer Creek.

• In 1952, the celebrity-panel game show "I've Got A Secret" made its debut on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.

• In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, 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 by the Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster.

• In 1977, Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the first male U.S. saint.

• In 1986, University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the Boston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure.

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