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This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

In Alaska

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

• In 1942, the U.S. Army activated the post at Big Delta with four officers and 74 enlisted men.

• In 1949, the validity of Alaska's income tax law was affirmed in a court decision against the Alaska Steamship Company.

• 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 six-week stay in Alaska waters to film in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

In the nation

• In 1947, Margaret Brent, a niece of Lord Baltimore, was ejected from the Maryland Assembly after demanding a place and vote in that governing body.

• In 1968, "Resurrection City," a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C., was closed down by authorities.

• 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 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

• In 1994, President Clinton struck out at his conservative critics and the media, bitterly complaining in a speech in St. Louis that unfair and negative reports about him were feeding a cynical mindset in America.

• In 1999, Union organizers claimed victory after workers at six Fieldcrest Cannon mills in North Carolina voted to be represented by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees. Testimony wound to an end after 76 days in the landmark Microsoft antitrust trial.

In the world

• In 1314, the forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.

• In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned King of England.

• In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted.

• In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.

• In 1948, communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the massive Berlin Airlift.

• In 2003, six British soldiers were killed by Iraqis in a police station in southern Iraq and eight were wounded in a nearby ambush. President Vladimir Putin arrived in London on the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since the 19th century. An Air France Concorde bound for a German museum landed in Germany.



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