This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1939, Echo Cove Gold Mining Co. incorporated with plans to develop the old Winter and Pond claim in Berners Bay, north of Juneau.

• In 1968, Lake George, the largest of 54 self-dumping lakes in Alaska and Canada, was officially dedicated as a national landmark. The 15-mile-long lake is 44 miles east of Anchorage. (A self-dumping lake is temporarily formed by glacial movement, dumping its winter collection of water in the spring and summer.)

• In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller designated Alaska Highway 1 a Blue Star Memorial Highway.

In the nation

• In 1775, Benjamin Franklin became Postmaster-General.

• In 1778, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

• In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

• In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy.

• In 1997, President Clinton visited Lake Tahoe, bringing with him $26 million worth of equipment and materials, including new sewage pipes, as he committed himself to the lake's preservation.

• In 2002, the Republican-led House voted, 295-132, to create an enormous Department of Homeland Security, the biggest government reorganization in decades. Six-year-old Cassandra Williamson vanished from a suburban St. Louis home; her body was found hours later at an abandoned glass factory. (An acquaintance of Cassandra's father, Johnny Johnson, was later convicted of murder, kidnapping and attempted rape, and was sentenced to death.)

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