This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1897, the river steamer Alice arrived at St. Michael, at the mouth of the Yukon, with the first shipment of Yukon gold.

• In 1913, William Maloney of Nome was appointed by Governor John F. A. Strong as the first territorial mine inspector.

• In 1917, the Right Reverend Raphael Joseph Crimont was consecrated Bishop of Alaska.

• In 1959, a group of Michigan 59'ers began their trip to Alaska hoping to learn from the hardships of the original Detroit 59'ers who arrived broke in the Kenai Peninsula, and who finally settled in the Susitna Valley. The Chugach Electric Association dropped its plans to build a nuclear power plant.

• In 1969, Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-Utah) told a conference that Alaska, with about 40 percent of the fresh water in the U.S., should evaluate the "possibility of massive water transfers within about five years."

In the nation

• In 1788, the state of Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution.

• In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

• In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities.

• In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of an unofficial, non-denominational prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.

In the world

• In 1942, some 1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany, during World War II.

• In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

• In 1967, the Beatles performed their new song, "All You Need Is Love," during a live international telecast.

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