This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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. Another group of 35 Detroit families called The Homesteaders Club announced plans to move to Alaska in the spring to set up a farming community.

In the nation

• In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in present-day Utah.

• 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 four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."

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