In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1900, the Nome Daily News reported that 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 with 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, taking the oath of office following the death of President Zachary 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, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.

• In 2002, a unified Senate approved harsh new penalties for corporate fraud and document-shredding as part of an accounting oversight bill. The House approved, 310-113, a measure to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists. (President George W. Bush later signed the measure into law.)

• In 2006, a Manhattan town house was leveled by an explosion; authorities say a suicidal doctor set off the blast to avoid selling it in a divorce settlement. (The doctor, Nicholas Bartha, died five days later.) A section of ceiling in Boston's Big Dig tunnel collapsed, killing a car passenger.

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 Nazi forces started 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 conflict began at Kaesong.

• In 1973, the Bahamas became fully 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 1997, President Bill Clinton, visiting Poland, told cheering Poles in Warsaw that "never again will your fate be decided by others" following his successful drive to bring Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into NATO by 1999. Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

• In 2006, a Pakistani passenger plane crashed, killing all 45 people on board. Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev was killed when a dynamite-laden truck in his convoy exploded.

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