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July 19
1943 Canada and the United States exchange diplomatic notes formally naming the road from Dawson Creek in British Columbia to Fairbanks, AK -- the explicit termini -- the "Alaska Highway."
1957 Today is the last day for a BPR exhibition portraying the dramatic impact of highways on all segments of American life. It had been unveiled in the main lobby of the Department of Commerce on June 25. The main feature is the Interstate System, with graphic presentations of progress in its construction and the benefits it will make possible.
1973 In Kansas City, MO, Administrator Norbert Tiemann presents the first two Presidential Medals of Honor for Lifesaving to Jon Eugene Harley (saving an injured driver from drowning after his truck plunged off a bridge in Missouri) and Mrs. Lucille Widsteen (taking control of a bus on the Kansas Turnpike after the driver suffered a heart attack).
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