This Day in History

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 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 U.S. Department of Energy.

• In 1996, in the final day of the Atlanta Olympics, Josia Thugwane became the first black South African to win a gold medal as he finished first in the marathon; the U.S. women's basketball team defeated Brazil 111-87 to win the gold.

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