This Day in History

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1911, the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention was signed.

• In 1936, the 10-line cannery of the Bristol Bay Packing Co. at Naknek was destroyed by fire.

• In 1949, four men escaped from the Fairbanks jail by sawing through the bars.

• In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Bill into law.

In the nation

• In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.

• In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.

• In 1896, the Democratic national convention opened in Chicago.

• In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii.

• In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam).

• In 1949, the police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC radio.

• In 1954, Elvis Presley made his radio debut as Memphis, Tenn., station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right (Mama)."

• In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the Alaska statehood bill.

• In 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

• In 1998, a jury in Santa Monica, Calif., convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery. The American League defeated the National League 13-8 in baseball's All-Star Game, played in Denver.

• In 2002, Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw by helicopter the devastation that days of torrential rain had brought to central and southern Texas. Lleyton Hewitt crushed David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in the Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title.

In the world

• In 1969, Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to a measure making the French language equal to English throughout the national government.

• In 1983, 11-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.

• In 1993, the Group of Seven nations, on the first day of their economic summit in Tokyo, unveiled a long-sought agreement on world trade. Prior to the summit opening, President Clinton delivered a speech at Waseda University.

• In 1998, imprisoned Nigerian opposition leader Moshood Abiola died of what the government said was a heart attack.

• In 2002, Afghanistan's vice president, Abdul Qadir, was buried with full military honors one day after being assassinated.

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