This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2004

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 crew members 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 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Mich.

• 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 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 1994, 14 firefighters were killed while battling a several-days-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado. President Clinton stopped by Latvia, then traveled to Poland as part of a four-nation European tour.

In the world

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

• In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.

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

• In 1999, Ehud Barak took office as prime minister of Israel, pledging to seek peace with neighboring Arab countries.

• In 2003, Liberian leader Charles Taylor accepted an offer of asylum in Nigeria. Roger Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title, defeating Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the Wimbledon final.

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