This Day in History

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1794, Captain George Vancouver sailed from Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska after completing his surveys in Alaska.

• In 1932, the German flying boat Groenland-Wal landed in Juneau on an around-the-world flight.

• In 1960, for the second time in half a century, volcanic activity at Mount Katmai National Monument on the Alaska Peninsula showered ash as far as a hundred miles away.

In the nation

• In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.

• In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.

• In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.

• In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.

• In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.

• In 1998, President Clinton, in his Saturday radio address, announced he had signed an executive order putting Osama bin Laden's Islamic Army and two of his main lieutenants on a list of terrorist groups.

• In 2002, President Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone areas.

In the world

• In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.

• In 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.

• In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.

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