This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2004

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 1859, French acrobat Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.

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

In the world

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

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

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

• In 1984, John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

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

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