This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1903, Joe Juneau was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau, the town that was named after him. His body was moved from Dawson, Canada, where he had died in 1899.

• In 1920, the first airplane flew over Juneau as part of a bomber squadron bound for Nome.

• In 1925, George A. Parks took office as the eleventh governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Calvin Coolidge.

• In 1970, a 34-day strike that closed the White Pass and Yukon Railway ended with the official who negotiated the settlement leaving under police protection.

In the nation

• In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.

• In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

• In 1861, President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy.

• In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.

• In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

• In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit.

• In 1995, the government more than doubled its estimate of rapes or attempted rapes in the United States each year, to 310,000, a finding praised by leaders of women's groups.

• In 2000, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona was diagnosed with a second bout of melanoma (the cancer was later surgically removed, with no sign that it had spread).

• In 2004, President Bush announced a plan to return two Army divisions from Cold War-era bases in Germany.

In the world

• In 1829, the original "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston to be exhibited to the Western world.

• In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

• In 1960, Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.

• In 2004, election officials in Venezuela announced that voters had overwhelmingly chosen to keep President Hugo Chavez in office.

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