This Day in History

Posted: Monday, July 03, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1900, Capt. Frank Tuttle of the R/V Bear reported that 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 Capt. 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 1986, the port for the Red Dog Zinc Mine near Kotzebue was dedicated.

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 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.

• In 1930, Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.

• In 1986, President Reagan presided over a gala ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.

• In 1996, a blaze destroyed a fireworks store in Scottown, Ohio, filled with Fourth of July shoppers, killing nine people and injuring 11.

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 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue about 100 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers.

• In 1996, Russians went to the polls to re-elect Boris Yeltsin president over his Communist challenger, Gennady Zyuganov, in a runoff.

• In 2001, flashing the defiance that marked his 13 years in power, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic refused to enter a plea on war crimes charges in his first appearance before a U.N. tribunal at The Hague. General Electric's $41 billion purchase of Honeywell International was vetoed by the European Union - the first time a merger of two U.S. companies was stopped solely by European regulators.

• In 2005, A NASA space probe, Deep Impact, hit its comet target as planned in a mission to learn how the solar system formed. Saudi security forces killed Moroccan Younis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari, the al-Qaida terrorist group's leader in the country, during a gun battle in Riyadh. Roger Federer won his third consecutive Wimbledon title by beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

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