This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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 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 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 1984, author Truman Capote was found dead in a Los Angeles mansion; he was 59.

• In 1994, the Senate passed a $30 billion crime bill by a 61-38 vote, handing a major victory to President Clinton.

• In 1999, the FBI, reversing itself after six years, admitted that its agents might have fired some potentially flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, but said it continued to believe law enforcement agents did not start the fire which engulfed the cult's compound.

• In 2003, tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in New York.

In the world

• In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil.

• In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, getting from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.

• In 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. Romania declared war on Germany.

• In 2003, a pair of car bombs killed 53 people in Bombay, India. Rwandans re-elected Paul Kagame in their country's first real presidential election.

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