This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1900, the last rail for the White Pass & Yukon Railroad was laid, connecting Skagway and Whitehorse.

• In 1959, Buell Nesbett of Anchorage was named chief justice of the newly formed Alaska Supreme Court. Walter J. Hodge of Nome and John Dimond of Juneau were named associate justices of the three-person court.

• In 1968, while a Dutch clairvoyant and a Kenai dowser were looking 100 miles in the wrong direction, bush pilot Mort Clement found a lost plane near Simpson Pass, earning a $3,000 reward.

In the nation

• In 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.

• In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA.

• In 1993, abortion opponent Paul Hill shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton's bodyguard, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Fla. (Hill was later convicted and sentenced to death - he was executed Sept. 3, 2003.)

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