This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007

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 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.

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

• 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 1997, thousands of Elvis Presley fans thronged Graceland on the 20th anniversary of his death.

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

• In 2002, Major League Baseball players set a strike deadline of Aug. 30. (Both sides finally reached an agreement with just six hours to spare.)

• In 2006, New York City officials released new tapes of hundreds of heart-wrenching phone calls from the World Trade Center on 9-11, along with other emergency transcripts.

In the world

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

• In 1960, Britain ceded control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

• In 1987, thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic convergence," which heralded what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.

• In 1997, two cosmonauts just returned from Mir (Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin) held a news conference in which they rejected criticism that they were to blame for troubles aboard the aging, problem-plagued space station.

• In 2002, terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal reportedly was found shot to death in Baghdad, Iraq; he was 65.

• In 2006, John Mark Karr was arrested in Thailand as a suspect in the slaying of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey. (Karr's confession that he had killed JonBenet was later discredited.)

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