This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1884, John H. Kinkead was appointed the first governor of the district of Alaska by President Chester A. Arthur.

• In 1899, Professor Leonard made a hot air balloon ascent in Juneau, the first in Alaska.

• In 1900, Nome's second theater, the Columbia, opened with seating capacity for 1,000 people. Construction of the building took four days. Nome's first theater, the Olympia, had been built in 36 hours. The owners established the businesses on credit and went bankrupt shortly thereafter.

• In 1909, the first Mount Marathon race was held in Seward.

• In 1913, the Alaska Pioneers' Home law, enacted by the First Territorial Legislature, became effective.

• In 1986, the Northwest Arctic Borough was officially dedicated.

In the nation

• In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

• In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, N.Y.

• In 1939, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, said farewell to his fans at New York's Yankee Stadium.

• In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year.

• In 2002, a gunman opened fire at Israel's El Al airline ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport; three people were killed, including the gunman.

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