This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1869, William H. Seward, former Secretary of State, arrived in Sitka on his Alaska visit.

• In 1939, the Anchorage Womens' Club announced that high-heeled shoes would be banned from the City Lawn and the Strawberry Festival.

• In 1969, the first sea otter, moved from Amchitka Island in the Aleutians, arrived at its new home on the Washington coast. The otters were being moved because of pending nuclear tests.

• In 1973, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 356-60 calling for immediate construction of the 798-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.

In the nation

• In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

• In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

• In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.

• In 1964, the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

• In 1985, 137 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

• In 1995, Hurricane Erin came ashore near Vero Beach, Fla.; the storm was blamed for 11 deaths.

• In 2000, Republicans awarded Texas Gov. George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia and ratified Dick Cheney as his running mate. Former President Ford was hospitalized after suffering one, possibly two, small strokes. President Clinton postponed the scheduled execution of Juan Raul Garza, a Texas drug kingpin and murderer. Garza was executed in June 2001.

• In 2004, President Bush urged creation of a national intelligence director to coordinate the war on terrorism but without the sweeping powers for hiring, firing and spending recommended by the Sept. 11 commission. Police in Salt Lake City arrested Mark Hacking, whose wife, Lori, had disappeared, on a charge of aggravated murder.

In the world

• In 1943, during World War II, Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands.

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