This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 Co.

• 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 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 1948, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president.

• 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 1998, President Clinton left on a nine-day visit to China amid a swirl of controversy over his policy toward the Beijing government. AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable TV giant Tele-Communications for $31.7 billion.

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.

• In 2007, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali," and two other ex-officials in Saddam's were sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for slaughtering up to 180,000 Kurdish men, women and children two decades earlier.

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