This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1939, the U.S. Forest Service announced that 25 homesites and other tracts of land in the Chugach National Forest would be opened for public entry under the public land laws.

• In 1948, the town of Yakutat, on the edge of the Gulf of Alaska, was formally incorporated as a city.

In the nation

• In 1870, Congress created the Department of Justice.

• In 1938, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.

• In 1944, President Roosevelt signed the Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the GI Bill of Rights.

• In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.

• In 1987, actor-dancer Fred Astaire died in Los Angeles at age 88.

• In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81.

• In 1994, President Clinton announced North Korea had confirmed its willingness to freeze its nuclear program. The Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 90-84 to win the NBA championship.

• In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to people with poor eyesight or other correctable conditions.

In the world

• In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.

• In 1911, Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

• In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.

• In 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa officially ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 81-day campaign.

• In 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland died in London at age 47.

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