This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1741, Alexei Chirikof, with the Vitus Bering expedition, sighted land, marking the discovery of Alaska by colonial explorers.

• In 1923, President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike at Nenana, marking completion of the Alaska Railroad.

• In 1959, a California aircraft engineer proposed building a hole in Mt. McKinley to make a "gun barrel for launching space vehicles."

In the nation

• In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state readmitted to the Union.

• In 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products, was founded in Seattle.

• In 1971, in a surprise announcement, President Nixon told the nation he would visit the People's Republic of China.

• In 2002, John Walker Lindh, an American who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to two felonies in a deal sparing him life in prison.

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