This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1900, the cities of Juneau and Skagway were incorporated as Alaska's first first-class, home-rule cities by order of the U.S. District Court. Nome's clocks were adjusted after M.J. Reddy took a sighting on the sun and found that Nome's clocks had been about an hour slow. Two deputy marshalls arrested Nome saloon owner Wyatt Earp, who was accused of interfering with an officer. Earp claimed his actions had been misconstrued, and was released.

• In 1929, after being delayed by weather, the new Alaska Washington Airways seaplane, Ketchikan, arrived in Juneau on her maiden voyage.

• In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill that included funds for a Tanana River-Chena Slough Flood Control project. A portable radio station was installed at Bell Island Hot Springs to enable Alaska Gov. John Troy, who was vacationing there, to keep in touch with Juneau.

• In 1959, the Anchorage Symphony Association was formally organized. Two lawyers were assigned by the U.S. Department of the Interior to help Southeast Alaska Natives in their legal battles over the use of fish traps, recently outlawed by the state.

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