This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1741, Vitus Bering made his first landfall in Alaska on Kayak Island.

• In 1934, two Army observation planes made the first landing on the airfield in Juneau.

• In 1937, the Coast Guard Cutter Haida arrived at Juneau to take permanent station.

• In 1946, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management was established.

• In 1969, Anchorage area residents watched live television coverage of the launch of Apollo 11, through a mobile satellite ground station installed for the occasion by the Department of Defense.

In the nation

• In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

• In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.

• In 1951, the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger was first published.

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