This Week in History

Submitted by ub on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 10:21

This Week in History, Jun 24 - Jun 30

Jun 24, 1997
U.S. Air Force reports on Roswell. U.S. Air Force officials release an official report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.

Jun 25, 1876
Battle of Little Bighorn. Native American forces led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana's Little Bighorn River.

Jun 26, 1948
U.S. begins Berlin Airlift. British and U.S. pilots begin delivering food and supplies via airplanes to Berlin after the city is isolated during a Soviet Union blockade.

Jun 27, 1950
Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea. US President Harry S. Truman orders U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea.

Jun 28, 1953
Workers assemble first Corvette in Flint, Michigan. At a Chevrolet plant they assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

Jun 29, 1995
U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian space station. The US Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

Jun 30, 1936
Gone with the Wind published. Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.