This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

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

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

• In 1917, The Right 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 1959, 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 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 55-minute special from New York to four other cities.

• In 1962, the Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled that recital of a state-sponsored 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 1997, the Supreme Court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, designed to limit government's ability to regulate religious practices.

In the world

• In 1807, Napoleon I of France and Russian Czar Alexander I met near Tilsit, in northern Prussia, to discuss terms for ending war between their empires.

• 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 1997, an unmanned cargo ship crashed into Russia's Mir space station, knocking out half of the station's power and rupturing a pressurized laboratory.

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