This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• 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 electricity to Haines.

In the nation

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

• In 1944, President Franklin 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 more than 80 people and causing $350 million in damage.

• In 1997, seven people were arrested after New York City police found scores of deaf Mexicans who were being kept in slave-like conditions and forced to peddle trinkets for the smugglers who had brought them to the United States.

• In 2006, President Bush, addressing the NAACP, said he knew racism existed in America and that many black voters distrusted his Republican Party; Bush promised to improve the GOP's rocky relations with blacks. The Senate voted 98-0 to renew the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act for another quarter-century.

In the world

• In 1810, Colombia declared independence from Spain.

• In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province.

• In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation.

• In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader.



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