This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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 due to the unsatisfactory operation record of the concessionaire.

• In 1964, The coastal steamer Northland Princess failed in its 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 the craft for cargo transportation.

• In 1970, Former Gov. William Egan and incumbent Gov. Keith Miller swept to primary election victories. 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 1928, an expedition led by Richard E. Byrd set sail from Hoboken, N.J., on its journey to Antarctica.

• In 1958, President Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.

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