This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1947, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced plans for a new Alaska Railroad terminal to be built at Fire Island in Anchorage, making it possible to dismantle the Seward-Anchorage line.

• In 1952, ALCOA announced plans for a $400 million aluminum project in Skagway.

• In 1954, the U.S. Department of the Interior seized control of the government-owned McKinley Park Hotel because of the unsatisfactory operation record of the concessionaire.

• In 1964, the coastal steamer Northland Princess failed in her attempt at a two-way passage through the Northwest Passage in one season.

• In 1966, Cook Inlet was the site of a 30-day hovercraft demonstration, to test the feasibility of using them for cargo transportation.

• In 1970, former Gov. William Egan and incumbent Gov. Keith Miller swept to primary election victories. William Egan was elected governor in November.

In the nation

• In 1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.

• In 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.

• In 1950, President Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.

• In 1980, the Broadway musical "42nd Street" opened. Producer David Merrick stunned both cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show's director, Gower Champion, had died that same day.

• In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager II came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.

• In 1985, Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Maine.

• In 1993, the United States applied limited sanctions against China and Pakistan after concluding the Chinese had sold missile technology to the Pakistanis.

• In 2002, China set Nov. 8 as the date for its long-awaited Communist Party national congress. Louisville, Ky., beat Sendai, Japan, 1-0 to win the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

In the world

• In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil.

• In 1943, U.S. forces overran New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II

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