This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1898, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, gambler and character of ill-repute, was shot and killed in Skagway.

• In 1923, President Warren G. Harding arrived in Ketchikan on his Alaska tour.

• In 1937, radio telephone service between Juneau and the Lower 48 was inaugurated by the Alaska Communications System.

• In 1949, photographer Ansel Adams passed through Juneau following a photographic expedition to Glacier Bay.

• In 1963, groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the site of the Federal Building in Juneau.

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