This Day in History

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2004

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 Rev. 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 finally settled in the Susitna Valley.

In the nation

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

• In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th 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 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee.

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.

• In 1991, the western Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence.

• In 1993, Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada's 19th prime minister, the first woman to hold the post.

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