This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1897, John G. Brady took office as the fifth governor of the District of Alaska, appointed by President William McKinley.

• In 1933, E.W. Griffin took office as secretary of Alaska under Gov. John Troy.

• In 1949, the Salmon Creek Country Club, a Juneau night spot, burned to the ground.

• In 1969, more than 2,300 acres of prime recreation forest was blackened by a fire in the Russian River area on the Kenai Peninsula.

In the nation

• In 1836, Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.

• In 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his "Type-Writer."

• In 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.

• In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.

• In 1947, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, designed to limit the power of organized labor.

• In 1967, President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held the first of two meetings at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

• In 1969, Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice by the man he was succeeding, Earl Warren.

• In 1972, President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon's resignation in 1974.)

In the world

• In 1757, forces of the East India Co., led by Robert Clive, defeated troops loyal to the provincial governor of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey, which effectively marked the beginning of British colonial rule in India.

• In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.

• In 1985, all 329 people aboard an Air-India Boeing 747 were killed when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland, after a bomb on board exploded.

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