The U.S. takes possession of Alaska on this episode of This Day In History!
On this episode of This Day In History, Tony and Armand are here to tell us how Alaska began the journey towards statehood. The United States purchased Russian America from Russia on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million and would not officially be handed over to the United States until later that year, on this day in 1867, which would become known as Alaska Day. Happy Alaska Day!
Also on this day, the U.S. takes possession of Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, Texas Instruments announces the first transistor radio in 1954, and the FCC allows people to have home satellite earth stations with a government license on this day in 1979.
We also say happy birthday to Chuck Berry, born in 1926, and Keith Jackson who was born in 1928.
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