This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1924, the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. Cannery in 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 of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.

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

• In 1946, the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, in the first underwater test of the device.

• 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 1997, Autumn Jackson, the young woman who claimed to be Bill Cosby's out-of-wedlock daughter, was convicted by a federal jury in New York of trying to extort $40 million from the entertainer.

• In 2002, encouraged by a tapping sound coming up from the depths, rescuers in Somerset, Pa., brought in a huge drill in a race to save nine coal miners trapped 240 feet underground by a flooded shaft. Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.

• In 2006, President Bush was visited at the White House by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said he and Bush agreed that training and better arming Iraqi forces as quickly as possible was central to efforts to stabilizing his country.

In the world

• In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by Victor Emmanuel III, and placed under arrest. (However, Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis, and reasserted his authority.)

• In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.

• In 1957, Tunisia became a republic.

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