This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1921, the road to the Mendenhall Glacier was completed, making it the most accessible glacier in Alaska.

• In 1959, a group of dancers from Point Hope visited Anchorage for the first time and danced at the Alaska Crippled Childrens' Association "Gilded Cage" benefit.

• In 1969, the tapping of Long Lake for the Snettisham Power Project near Juneau was completed. A dam to raise the level of the lake remained to be built.

• In 1972, the Ketchikan International Airport was officially dedicated. Including a 7,500-foot runway, the costs topped $12 million.

In the nation

• In 1735, a jury acquitted John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of seditious libel.

• In 1790, the Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.

• In 1830, plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

• In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.

• In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.

• In 1977, President Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

• In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

In the world

• In 1792, romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Field Place, England.

• In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality.

• In 1916, the United States purchased the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

• In 1944, Nazi police raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested eight people - including 15-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became a famous account of the Holocaust. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen.

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