This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1884, Ward McAllister Jr. took office as the first U.S. district judge in Alaska.

• In 1923, the minesweeper Cardinal, on a supply voyage to Navy wireless stations, was wrecked on Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska.

• In 1934, the Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Co. established a six-day work week and an increase of salaries by 35 cents a day, on top of a 50-cent increase made on June 1.

• In 1954, a three-man climbing team led by Austrian Heinrich Harrer, successfully made the first ascent of Mount Hunter, near Mount McKinley. The peak is 14,573 feet high and is the 15th tallest in Alaska.

• In 1968, the Alaska State Community Action Program won a $46,000 grant to acquire surplus military heavy equipment for use in Alaska's villages.

• In 1969, nine angry property owners blocked a bridge across the Matanuska River in protest of a toll charged by the owner of a private park at the base of the Matanuska Glacier.

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