This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1721, John Douglas, for whom Douglas Island near Juneau was named, was born in Scotland.

• In 1868, the U.S. House approved funds to buy Alaska by a vote of 113 to 43.

• In 1954, dedication ceremonies were held at the Ketchikan Pulp Mill, the first large pulp mill in Alaska. A 40,000-acre fire near Healy was reported out of control. Severe flooding damaged a 100-mile section of the Alaska Highway near the Haines cut-off.

In the nation

• In 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.

• In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry relayed to Japanese officials a letter from former President Fillmore, requesting trade relations.

• In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid," was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.

• In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.

• In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in New York.

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