This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2007

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

• In 1939, the Anchorage Women's 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 for immediate construction of the 798-mile trans-Alaska oil 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 1790, the enumeration for the first United States census began; the final total was 3,929,214.

• In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.

• In 1927, four years after becoming president, Calvin Coolidge issued a statement to reporters: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928."

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

• In 2002, a federal judge ruled the U.S. government had to reveal the names of people detained in the investigation of the 9-11 terrorist attacks; an appeals court later sided with federal authorities.

• In 2006, five days after being pulled over by police, actor-director Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and having an open container of liquor in his car. (Gibson later pleaded no contest to drunken driving under a deal in which he received three years' probation, paid a fine and agreed to attend alcohol rehabilitation classes.)

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