This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

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

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

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

In the nation

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

• 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 1993, President Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of "compelling evidence" Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President Bush.

• In 1998, the Supreme Court issued a landmark sexual harassment ruling, putting employers on notice that they can be held responsible for supervisors' misconduct even if they knew nothing about it.

• In 2003, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down state bans on gay sex. A jury in Fort Worth, Texas, convicted former nurse's aide Chante Mallard of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage. (Mallard was later sentenced to 50 years in prison.)

• In 2007, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball," got into a verbal fracas with Elizabeth Edwards, who had called into the program to ask Coulter to stop making personal attacks on her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. Paris Hilton left the Los Angeles County jail after a bizarre, three-week stay for a probation violation.

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