This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1902, Felix Pedro discovered gold on Cleary Creek, touching off a stampede that resulted in the founding of Fairbanks.

• In 1923, President Warren G. Harding spent the day in Sitka, the last stop of his Alaska tour.

• In 1954, the Bureau of Land Management held a drawing to determine the priority for assigning oil leases in the Cold Bay and Wild Bay areas of the Alaska Peninsula. Two hundred and eighty-seven applications were submitted.

• In 1968, the Native village of Tyonek offered to sell electric power to the city of Kenai to help them with their electricity shortage.

In the nation

• In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland.

• In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.

• In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in seven days, 18 and three-quarter hours.

• In 1934, a man identified as bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.

• In 1937, the Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.

• In 1942, gasoline rationing involving the use of coupons began along the Atlantic seaboard.

• In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

• In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.

• In 1994, O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• In 1995, Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, S.C., of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. She was later sentenced to life in prison.

• In 1999, family members watched mournfully from the deck of a Navy destroyer as the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, were cast into the sea off Martha's Vineyard, consigned to the depths where they'd died.

In the world

• In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.

• In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.

• In 2003, Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai were killed when U.S. forces stormed a villa in Mosul, Iraq.

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