This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1900, Juneau voters approved incorporation as a first-class, home-rule city by a vote of 61 to 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 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 United States 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 1907, American newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps founded the United Press Associations, a forerunner of United Press International.

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

• In 1948, the Republican national convention opened in Philadelphia. (The delegates ended up choosing Thomas E. Dewey to be their presidential nominee.)

• In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.

• In 1973, the Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according.

• In 1982, a jury in Washington, D.C., found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men.

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