This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 Corp. announced Alaska's first major oil strike at Richfield's Swanson River Unit, Well 1.

• In 1961, Haines Lumber Co. sawmill burned, with losses totaling more than $200,000.

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

• 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 1967, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit.

• In 1977, a jury in Washington convicted 12 Hanafi Muslims of charges stemming from the hostage siege at three buildings the previous March.

• In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Chen, were killed when a helicopter crashed on top of them during filming of a Vietnam War scene for "Twilight Zone: The Movie." (Director John Landis and four associates were later acquitted of manslaughter charges.)

• In 2003, Massachusetts' attorney general issued a report saying clergy members and others in the Boston Archdiocese probably sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a period of six decades. New York City Councilman James Davis was shot to death by political rival Othniel Askew at City Hall; a police officer shot and killed Askew.

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