This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1886, some 60 Chinese were expelled from Juneau and Douglas and sent to Wrangell in small sailboats.

• In 1904, the first message was passed on the wireless link from St. Michael to Port Safety. This final link established Nome's first communications to the outside. From St. Michael, messages could be sent via telegraph to Canada and the southern states.

• In 1939, the Alaska Steamship Company freighter, Depere, hit a rock in Wrangell Narrows during thick fog and strong tides. It was patched and escorted south.

• In 1969, the city of Nome announced its intention of suing the state of Alaska for unpaid property taxes.

• In 1970, Chugach State Park was established.

• In 1979, a special session of the Alaska State Legislature was convened by Governor Jay Hammond to deal with state employee contract bills.

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