This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1907, the Chugach National Forest was established.

• In 1949, the vessel Cross Sound unloaded 250 dozen live crabs in Seattle, the first live crabs to be brought from Alaska in a fishing vessel.

• In 1957, Richfield Oil Corporation announced Alaska's first major oil strike at Richfield's Swanson River Unit, Well No. 1.

• In 1962, the first Forest Service Visitor Center in the U.S. was dedicated at the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau.

In the nation

• In 1967, rioting that claimed some 43 lives erupted in Detroit.

• In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs of her that turned up in Penthouse magazine.

In the world

• In 1892, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was born.

• In 1914, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I.

• In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew King Farouk I.

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