This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

In Alaska

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

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