This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1938, Steve Cowper, the seventh governor of Alaska, was born in Petersburg, Va.

• In 1954, the Lost River Mine near Seward delivered the largest shipment of tin ever taken from a U.S. mine when 183 tons were unloaded in Seattle.

• In 1970, Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel continued visiting potential trouble spots along the route of the planned trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1831, former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia. (He was later executed.)

• In 1858, the famous debates between senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas began.

• In 1878, the American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.

• In 1945, President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II.

• In 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.

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