This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

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 the nation

• In 1790, the District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.

• In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States 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.

• In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.

• In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit.


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