This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1775, Captain Hecata found Bucareli Bay near Craig.

• In 1826, Sir John Franklin "discovered" Prudhoe Bay.

• In 1884, the USS Pinta arrived in Sitka where she was to be stationed for the next 13 years.

• In 1959, the North Star Creamery Plant in Anchorage began operation.

• In 1979, Joe Reddington Sr., Susan Butcher and their pilot Vern Lawton were found safe after their plane went down two days before, 90 miles west of McGrath. The Dempster Highway, from Dawson, in Canada's Yukon Territory, to Inuvik, in Canada's Northwest Territories, was officially opened for public traffic.

In the nation

• In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C.

• In 1846, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, N.M.

• In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.

• In 1914, President Wilson issued his "Proclamation of Neutrality," aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

• In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.

• In 1938, President Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.

• In 1982, for the first time, volume on the New York Stock exchange topped the 100 million level as 132.69 million shares were traded.

• In 1983, Hurricane "Alicia" slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than $1 billion in damage.

• In 1993, a judge in Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never see her biological parents again, in accordance with her stated wishes. However, Kimberly later moved in with them.

• In 1998, a day after his grand jury testimony, some lawmakers called for President Clinton to resign in the wake of his admissions concerning Monica Lewinsky while a spokeswoman for Hillary Rodham Clinton said the first lady "believes in this marriage."

• In 2002, Rich Beem beat Tiger Woods to capture the PGA Championship.

In the world

• In 1958, the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was published.

• In 1963, James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

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