This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1942, a U.S. Army post was activated at Bethel with seven officers and 305 enlisted men.

• In 1968, the $7 million state ferry Wickersham began its inaugural cruise from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Haines.

• In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission moved 250 sea otters from Amchitka Island in preparation for a nuclear test.

In the nation

• In 1870, the first section of the boardwalk at Atlantic City, N.J., was opened to the public.

• In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

• In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

• In 1950, President Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

• In 1968, Chief U.S. Justice Earl Warren announced he was resigning.

• In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.

• In 1977, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke pouring through the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn.

• In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.

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