This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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

• In 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency was established. Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

• In 1998, President Clinton reached an agreement with Kenneth Starr to provide grand jury testimony via closed-circuit television in the Monica Lewinsky case.

• In 2003, Boston's Bill Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connected for three homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.

In the world

• In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.

• In 1900, Italian King Humbert I was assassinated by an anarchist; he was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel III.

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

• In 1948, Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.

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