This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1880, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau left Sitka by canoe to search for gold. They were led to it near the present-day capital city.

• In 1881, the Reverend and Mrs. E.S. Willard arrived at the Portage on Lynn Canal to establish Haines Mission.

• In 1898, Castle Hill in Sitka - now a state park - was reserved for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

• In 1936, a one-hour limit on downtown parking was announced by Juneau Police Chief Roy Hoffman.

• In 1959, a storm in Cook Inlet destroyed 25 percent of the set net fishing gear near Kenai, and sank one drift boat.

• In 1959, a record kill of 101 trophy brown bear was reported for the Kodiak Island area hunting season.

• In 1968, the Atlantic Richfield Company announced that its recent oil discoveries at Prudhoe Bay and Sag River appeared to be the largest in North America.

• In 1969, a Petroleum Job Training program for Alaskans was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.

In the nation

• In 1947, President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

In the world

• In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began.

• In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.

• In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

• In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began.

• In 1940, the Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.

• In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.

•In 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard; passenger Mary Jo Kopechne died.

• In 1984, a gunman opened fire at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.

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