This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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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 6-week stay in Alaskan waters to film in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

In the nation

• In 1807, a grand jury in Richmond, Va., indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr on charges of treason and high misdemeanor. He was later acquitted.

• 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 1997, the Air Force released a report on the so-called "Roswell Incident," suggesting the alien bodies that witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.

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