The US formally takes possession of Alaska

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Of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million or less than two cents an acre and was championed by William Henry Seward, Enthusiastic expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson. Jumping ahead almost 100 years this week in 1947, U. S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound because of the secrecy of the project. Yeager's achievement was not announced until June, 1948 thiss week in 1960 to the Cuban missile crisis begins bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs taken by high

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