This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In Alaska

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• 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 his visit of potential trouble spots along the route of the planned trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

• In 1989, Yukon Territory celebrated its first Discovery Day.

In the nation

• In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New York, arriving about 30 hours later.

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

• In 1858, the first of the famous debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.

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

• In 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations.

• In 1987, Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB. (Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison.)

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