This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 02, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1913, a bill to create the Alaska Railroad was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

In the nation

• 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States."

• In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.

• In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator.

• In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

• In 1964, 40 years ago, President Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.

• In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.



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