This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1921, the Douglas Island News published its final issue, then moved to Juneau as Stroller's Weekly.

• In 1959, the U.S. Air Force announced plans to build a satellite tracking station at Donnelly Flats near Fairbanks.

• In 1969, Jacques Cousteau's oceanographic vessel, the Calypso, arrived in Anchorage to get ready for a 6-week stay in Alaskan waters to film in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

In the nation

• In 1975, 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

• In 1983, the space shuttle "Challenger" - carrying America's first woman in space, Sally K. Ride - coasted to a safe landing in California.

• In 1993, eight Muslim fundamentalists were arrested in New York, accused of plotting bombings of the United Nations, a federal building and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

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