This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1786, the French explorer, LaPerouse, lost two boat crews in the entrance of Lituya Bay.

• In 1948, nine members of an American Youth Hostel bicycle camping tour of Alaska left Anchorage for Palmer. They each carried 25-30 pounds of gear on lightweight "English-type" bikes.

• In 1954, Standard Oil of California applied for an oil development contract for the Kenai Peninsula with the Department of the Interior.

• In 1954, the first batch of 150,000 rainbow trout eggs were placed in the then-new Auke Creek Hatchery near Juneau. The hatchery was built by the Territorial Sportsmen Association.

In the nation

• In 1787, Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.

• In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City.

• In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.

• In 1967, race-related rioting that claimed 27 lives broke out in Newark, N.J.

• In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.

• In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

• In 1995, President Clinton denounced a base-closing list for the damage it would do to California and Texas, but then approved the package while promising to save jobs in those states. Just six days after the space shuttle Atlantis returned, the shuttle Discovery blasted off on a nine-day mission. About 2,500 workers at Detroit's daily newspapers began a 19-month strike.

• In 2000, fellow Democrat Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four months after conceding their fight for the White House.



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