This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 1961, the Haines Lumber Company sawmill burned, with losses totaling over $200,000.

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

• In 1969, the villages of St. Michael, Whittier, Stebbins, Shishmaref and White Mountain voted in favor of incorporation as Fourth Class cities. Haines lost the honor of having the nation's largest black cottonwood tree when a larger one was found in Oregon.

In the nation

• In 1886, New York saloonkeeper Steve Brodie claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River.

• In 1904, by some accounts, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

• In 1967, rioting claiming 43 lives erupted in Detroit.

• In 1996, the Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill.

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