This Day in History

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1924, fire destroyed the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. Cannery in Wrangell.

• In 1949, the Navy reported that natural gas in commercial quantities had been discovered near Point Barrow.

In the nation

• In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named general of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank.

• In 1868, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.

• In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the first underwater test of the device.

• In 2002, Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea.

In the world

• In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

• In 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty banning tests of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater.

• In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first "test-tube baby," was born in Oldham, England.

• In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war.

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