This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1924, the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. cannery at Wrangell was destroyed by fire.

• In 1939, state authorities ordered all public gatherings suspended at the Matanuska Colony because of a measles epidemic.

• 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 1944, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.

• In 1956, 51 people died when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast.

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

• In 1999, the Woodstock '99 music festival in Rome, New York, ended in fires and looting.

• In 2003, President Bush ordered U.S. troops into position off the coast of Liberia to support the arrival of a West African peacekeeping force, as renewed violence in the capital brought despairing pleas for American help.

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