This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005

In Alaska

In 1900, Juneau voters approved incorporation as a first-class, home-rule city by a vote of 61 to 19.

In 1929, Robert Marshall and Noel Wien left Fairbanks for Wiseman to study arctic tree rings.

In 1949, the Alaska Board of Administration froze more than $5 million of territorial appropriations indefinitely, due to lack of funds.

In 1949, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that male fur seals have more Vitamin A in their livers than female fur seals.

In 1967, an earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, jolted the city of Fairbanks. More than 2,000 smaller earthquakes were recorded in the 24-hour period that followed.

In the nation

In 1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

In 1834, Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.

In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was robbed!"

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