This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1865, the Confederate raider Shenandoah fired the last shot of the Civil War in the Bering Sea off the coast of Siberia.

• In 1939, regional Forester B. Frank Heintzlemann suggested developing Alaskan peat to displace European peat in gardens and nurseries. The U.S. Forest Service announced that 25 home sites 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 1949, favorable comments concerning Juneau's new parking meters were reported by Police Chief Bernie Hulk. U.S. and Alaska health officials set up equipment at Taku Lodge near Juneau and began conducting experiments on adult mosquito control.

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.

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