This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1909, the U.S. Wireless Station in Juneau began providing round-the-clock information on the positions of Alaska vessels.

• In 1912, the bill providing for a territorial government for the District of Alaska passed the U.S. Senate.

• In 1959, the U.S. Air Force honored famed bush pilot Don Sheldon by awarding him its highest civilian award - The Exceptional Service Award - for his work in numerous search and rescue missions.

• In 1969, Atlantic Richfield, BP Oil Corp., and Humble Pipeline Co. announced plans to investigate the feasibility of constructing a large-diameter, 2,600-mile pipeline to carry Alaska oil from Puget Sound to the eastern seaboard. An Anchorage man left $2,745 at the Anchorage International Airport. The entire amount was later found and returned.

In the nation

• In 1862, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.

• In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

• In 1929, President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.

• In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."

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