This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1929, Alaska Washington Airways initiated fly-in fishing service by taking a group to Hasselborg Lake on Admiralty Island.

• In 1939, a fire consumed the Haines Power Plant, the Post Office, and a theater. The Chilkoot Barracks provided emergency electric power to Haines.

In the nation

• In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va.

• In 1881, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops.

• In 1942, the first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps - later known as WACs - began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

• In 1944, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.

• In 1977, a flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing 80 people and causing $350 million worth of damage.

• In 1996, in his weekly radio address, President Clinton paid tribute to America's Olympic athletes at the just-opened Atlanta games - as well as 16 high school students from Montoursville, Pa., who died in the crash of TWA Flight 800.

• In 2005, a day after being tapped by President Bush, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts paid courtesy calls on senators while a conservative group purchased TV ad time in support of his nomination and abortion rights groups staged protests.

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