This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1869, William H. Seward, former U.S. Secretary of State, delivered a speech in Sitka.

• In 1954, territorial Gov. B. Frank Heintzleman announced the estimated population of Alaska was a record 221,000 people.

• In 1966, four out of five gubernatorial candidates stated they flatly opposed state-run lotteries. The fifth, Mike Stepovich, said he personally opposed them, but wanted a vote of the people.

• In 1969, the Bank of America was chosen to manage the funds to be obtained from the North Slope Oil Lease sale in September.

• In 1979, Norma Hoyt donated 2,000 rare and out-of-print books to the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

• In 1960, the first balloon satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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