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In 1939, the bank balance for the Territory of Alaska was reported to be $1 million.
In 1955, Walter B. Heisel of Juneau was commissioned to be collector of customs for Alaska.
In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the United States, a "moment after the stroke of noon." William Egan was sworn in as the first governor of Alaska, at 9:18 am. At 1 p.m., he was admitted to Juneau's St. Ann's hospital, later to have surgery for removal of a gallstone in Seattle.
In 1969, the Alaska Board of Fish and Game permanently revoked the guide license of a Kodiak-based guide serving as Royal Guide to King Mahendra of Nepal for the illegal killing of a brown bear and a mountain goat.
In 1971, Southcentral Alaska received its first live network sports broadcast on Anchorage's KTVA station - a Denver Colts/San Francisco 49ers football game.
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In 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.
In 1938, the "March of Dimes" campaign to fight polio was organized.
In 1947, congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic ties with Cuba.