This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1867, the Alaska Purchase Treaty was proclaimed by President Andrew Johnson.

• In 1884, the town of Bethel was named by Moravian missionaries who were establishing a mission there.

• In 1940, the Pan American Airways flying boat Alaska Clipper arrived at Auke Bay near Juneau on the first official airmail flight from Seattle.

• In 1959, the University of Alaska announced a $100,000 contract from the Atomic Energy Commission to conduct a biological study of the Ogotorok region of Alaska as part of the A.E.C.'s proposed harbor excavation project. The harbor was to be excavated using nuclear explosives.

• In 1974, an early morning fire consumed the seventh floor of Juneau's Baranof Hotel. The most seriously injured was State Senator John Rader, who broke an arm and a leg escaping by a bedsheet.

• In 1977, at 10:05 a.m., oil began to flow in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 48 inches in diameter and 798 miles long.

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