This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 states.

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 1908, William Jennings Bryan was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

• 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 1978, ABC-TV launched its reformatted evening newscast, "World News Tonight," with anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.

• 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 1998, the Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they'd been molested by a priest.

• In 2003, astronomers announced they had found the oldest and most distant planet yet, a huge, gaseous sphere 13 billion years old and 5,600 light years away.

• In 2007, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s. The American League defeated the National League 5-4 in the All-Star baseball game.

In the world

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

• In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War 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 2003, during a visit to Botswana, President Bush pledged to the nation with the world's highest AIDS infection rate that it would have a strong partner in his administration in fighting the disease. Spain opened its first mosque in 500 years.

• In 2007, China executed the former head of its food and drug agency for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash.

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