This Day in History

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1784, the first Russian colony in Alaska was established on Kodiak Island.

• In 1870, the first lease of the Pribilof Islands was signed by the Alaska Commercial Company and the U.S. Treasury Department.

• In 1879, Alaska's first Presbyterian church was dedicated at Wrangell.

• In 1908, the first automobile in Fairbanks, a Pope-Toledo, arrived for David Laite.

• In 1959, Anchorage police were asked to be on the lookout for an escaped goose with an unfriendly disposition.

In the nation

• In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., for treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)

• In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.

• In 1936, the U.S. State Department urged Americans in Spain to leave because of that country's civil war.

• In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second similar episode.)

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