This Day in History

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1900, seven were elected to Juneau's first city council. One member, A. K. Delaney, was elected the capital city's first mayor.

• In 1923, the U.S. Land Office closed at Juneau and moved to Anchorage.

• In 1929, new fishery regulations issued by the Department of Commerce prohibited all trap fishing for salmon in Southeast Alaska during the fall season.

• In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska Statehood Bill by a vote of 64 to 20.

• In 1973, the first Alaska Airlines jet landed at the new Ketchikan International Airport.

• In 1976, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park was established.

In the nation

• In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act became law.

• In 1921, President Harding appointed former President Taft chief justice of the United States.

• In 1936, the novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York.

• In 1952, "The Guiding Light," a popular radio program, made its TV debut on CBS.

• In 1971, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.

• In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.

• In 1994, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her for life because of the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

• In 1993, Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy promised federal help for Midwestern farmers as he toured flood-damaged areas of Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

• In 1998, Linda Tripp, whose tape-and-tell friendship with Monica Lewinsky spurred a White House crisis, spent six hours testifying before a grand jury in Washington. Officials confirmed that the previously unidentified remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.

• In 2002, Leonard Gregg, a part-time firefighter, was charged with starting one of the two wildfires that merged into a monstrous blaze in eastern Arizona. Gregg faces trial on federal charges.

In the world

• In 1963, Pope Paul VI became the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.

• In 1934, Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany.

• In 1971, a Soviet space mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside their spacecraft after it had returned to Earth.

• In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days.

• In 2002, Brazil defeated Germany, 2-0, for the team's record fifth World Cup title.

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