This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

In Alaska

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• 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 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 11th governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Coolidge.

• In 1970, a 34-day strike that closed the White Pass & 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.

• 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, 50 years ago, 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 2000, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

In the 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 1996, a jubilant Bob Dole set out from the Republican convention, promoting his tax-cut plan as a boon to working families.

• In 2001, Paul Burrell, trusted butler of Princess Diana for many years, was charged with the theft of hundreds of royal family items, a charge he denied. (The case collapsed when Queen Elizabeth told prosecutors that Burrell had told her he was holding some of Diana's things for safekeeping. )

• In 2005, hundreds of defiant Jewish settlers hunkered down in advance of a midnight deadline to leave Gaza. A plane carrying vacationers home from Panama to Martinique crashed in western Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board. Two transport helicopters carrying NATO peacekeepers crashed in western Afghan-istan, killing 17 Spanish troops.

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