This Day in History

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1880, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau left Sitka by canoe to search for gold. They were led to it near Juneau, 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. A record kill of 101 trophy brown bears 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 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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

• 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 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. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.

• In 1995, opening statements were presented in the trial of Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman charged with drowning her two young sons. Senate Republicans opened a new round of Whitewater hearings.

• In 2000, shrugging off a veto threat from President Clinton, the Senate voted 61-38 in favor of eliminating the so-called "marriage penalty" by cutting taxes for virtually every married couple. Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.) died in Atlanta at age 61.

• In 2004, a spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.

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