This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1941, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established.

• In 1959, a fire gutted the Alaska Plywood Corp. plant in Juneau. The Federal Aviation Administration denied Juneau's application for funds to extend the airport runway for jet traffic. The extension was applied for because there was not enough clearance for jets.

In the nation

• In 1848, the Oregon Territory was established.

• In 1935, the Social Security Act became law.

• In 1945, President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

In the world

• In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence.

• In 1917, China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.

• In 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule.

• In 1973, the U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.

• In 1981, Pope John Paul II left a Rome hospital, three months after being wounded in an attempt on his life.

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