This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

In 1929, Marvel Crosson, widely known Alaska flier, was killed in a plane crash in Arizona.

• In 1929, Water from Eklutna Canyon began supplying Anchorage with hydro-electric power.

• In 1933, George Alexander became the seventh U.S. district judge for the First Division with its headquarters in Juneau.

• In 1979, An escaped buffalo was found northeast of Seward by the crew from the Coast Guard cutter Cape Jellison, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and the Seward Fire Department.

In the world

In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat arrived in Albany, two days after leaving New York.

In 1929, the radio comedy program "Amos 'n' Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made its coast-to-coast debut on the NBC Blue Network.

In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.

In 1942, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50 percent casualties.

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