This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1887, the American flag was raised at Metlakatla, Alaska by migrants from Metlakatla, British Columbia.

• In 1897, William L. Distin was appointed the first surveyor general of Alaska.

• In 1938, the first test flight of the Pan American amphibian from Seattle to Ketchikan and Juneau landed on the Mendenhall Flats in the capital city. The flight lasted 8 hours and 20 minutes.

• In 1959, Alaska inaugurated its first state court system as Buell Nesbett and John Dimond took office as justices of the Alaska Supreme Court. Later that year, Walter Hodges also took office.

• In 1969, nearly half of the 29 Alaska sea otters transplanted to the Washington coast from pending nuclear testing areas on Amchitka Island died after less than a week in their new home.

In the nation

• In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.

• In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established by Congress.

• In 1927, the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada was dedicated during ceremonies attended by the Prince of Wales and Vice President Charles Dawes.

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