July 12, 2009 — Organizers of the governor’s annual Fairbanks picnic July 26 are planning on at least 5,000 guests and a flood of national media.

Gov. Sarah Palin said she’ll transfer power to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell at the event. She announced her resignation July 3. Parnell will be sworn into office in a ceremony following a few hours of hot dogs and hamburgers at Pioneer Park.

Alaska’s Military Affairs Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell, is likely to be sworn into the lieutenant governor job at that time, organizers said.

Security is expected to be tighter than usual and media credentials will be checked, organizers from Palin’s office and Pioneer Park said. The governor’s communications director, Dave Murrow, said C-SPAN is the only outlet to have queried the office so far.



July 12, 1994 — Plans to renovate Old Main School took a 180-degree turn Monday night as council members directed the city manager to go back to the negotiating table with developer Bill Allen.

During a work session Monday evening, most of the council members told City Manager Mark Boyer to work out a deal that will not cost the city any more money to move government offices into part of Old Main.



July 12, 1969 — CAPE KENNEDY — The Apollo 11 astronauts, who will fly the world’s most sophisticated machine to the moon next week, trained today in more down-to-earth vehicles, a helicopter and a jet plane.

After rehearsing in a spaceship trainer in the morning, Neil A. Armstrong and Michael Collins headed for nearby Patrick Air Force Base.

Armstrong operated the helicopter as if he were hovering Apollo 11’s lunar landing craft before selecting a landing spot on the moon.



July 12, 1944 — ANKARA — Conversations are afoot in Ankara which may lead to Turkey’s participation in the war before the end of the summer. The talks are between representatives of Turkey, Russia and Britain.

These conferences have been taken up at the point where the Cairo conferences last year left Turkey’s position within the United Nations undefined.