This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1900, Captain Frank Tuttle of the revenue cutter Bear reported a measles epidemic had killed many Eskimos along the western coast of the Seward Peninsula.

• In 1913, the first airplane flight in Alaska was made by Captain J.V. Martin at Fairbanks.

• In 1950, the Liberty Bell reproduction was dedicated in front of the Federal Building in Juneau, now the Capitol Building.

In the nation

• In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

• In 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., ended in a major victory for the North, as Confederate troops retreated.

In the world

• In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain.

• In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet in the harbor at Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.

• In 1962, Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.

• In 1987, British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, jumping into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.

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