This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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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. The BLM received 287 applications.

• 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 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.

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

• 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 Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.

• In 1957, Walter "Fred" Morrison applied for a patent for a "flying toy," which became known as the Frisbee.

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