This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1949, Seattle's Elk Lodge No. 92 announced plans to adopt the territorial school at Ninilchik by providing the school with books, films, toys, games, and clothing.

• In 1954, three former crewmembers of a seine boat that operated in Southeast Alaska were arrested in Cordova and California for attempting to bribe a U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent.

• In 1978, SOHIO officials complained that Alaska's high taxes may force them to limit development in the state.

In the nation

• In 1928, a preview was held in New York of the first all-talking feature, "The Lights of New York."

• In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played, at Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League 4-2.

• In 1944, 169 people died in a fire that broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum-and-Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn.

• In 1945, President Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

• In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

• In 1989, the U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

• In 1998, Se Ri Pak, a 20-year-old rookie from South Korea, became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Open, defeating American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in sudden death.

• In 2002, Serena Williams beat older sister Venus 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.

In the world

• In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for treason.

• In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.

• In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.

• In 1967, the Biafran War erupted. The war, which lasted 2 1/2 years, claimed some 600,000 lives.

• In 1993, on the eve of the Group of Seven summit in Tokyo, President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa expressed optimism about resolving a contentious trade dispute between their countries.

• In 1998, protestants rioted in many parts of Northern Ireland after British authorities blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown.

• In 2002, gunmen assassinated Afghan Vice President Abdul Qadir, who was considered key to U.S.-backed efforts to stabilize the war-fractured nation.

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