This Day in History

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2006

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• In 1900, the Nome Daily News reported a con artist disappeared after selling 60 $40 tickets to Seattle on a nonexistent steamer.

• In 1907, the barge Japan, carrying dynamite, blew up just south of Ketchikan, resulting in the loss of several lives.

• In 1910, the weekly newspaper The Iditarod Pioneer began publication at the new mining camp on the Iditarod River.

• In 1934, the permanent town of Anchorage was started on lots sold by the federal government.

• In 1923, President Warren G. Harding arrived in Juneau on a visit to Alaska. He died shortly after returning to the Lower 48.

In the nation

• In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, following the death of President Taylor.

• In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.

• In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urged its ratification.

• In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

• In 1985, bowing to pressure from irate customers, Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.

• In 2001, the White House backed off a plan to let religious groups that receive federal money, such as the Salvation Army, ignore local laws that ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. For the second time in a month, a jury in New York rejected the death penalty for one of the men convicted in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, opting instead for life in prison without parole. The American League defeated the National League, 4-1, in the All-Star Game.

In the world

• In 1925, the official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.

• In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as German forces began attacking southern England by air.

• In 1943, during World War II, U.S. and British forces invaded Sicily.

• In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.

• In 1973, the Bahamas became independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.

• In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.

• In 1996, in a tough speech to the U.S. Congress laying out conditions for Mideast negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Syria and the Palestinians stop terrorists from attacking Israel.

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