This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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• In 1935, Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in a plane crash en route to Barrow from Fairbanks.

• In 1943, Kiska Island in the Aleutians was retaken by American forces after the Japanese fled.

• In 1959, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management warned squatters that they faced eviction and prosecution if they failed to relinquish their claims on federal land that was to be transferred to Alaska as part of statehood.

• In 1967, the Chena River flooded Fairbanks.

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