This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008

In Alaska and in the Nation

• In 1884, John H. Kinkead was appointed the first governor of the District of Alaska, appointed 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. Construction had taken 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 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 Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year.

• In 2003, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct at a hotel near Vail, Colo. (Prosecutors later dropped a criminal charge against Bryant because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.)

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