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This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction preventing the state from halting operation of 11 fish traps by Angoon, Kake, and Metlakatla.

• In 1969, the first load of sea otters were relocated from Amchitka Island in the Aleutians to the Porcupine Islands in Southeast Alaska in anticipation of nuclear bomb tests at Amchitka.

In the nation

• In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Weehawken, N.J.

• In 1864, Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington D.C., turning back the next day.

• In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt became the first chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal.

• In 1952, the Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

• In 1977, the Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the world

• In 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry XIII.

• In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station "Skylab" made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.



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