In 1959, Sen. E. L. (Bob) Bartlett won a coin-toss with Sen. Ernest Gruening to claim the distinction of being Alaska's "senior" senator. The first shipment of new Alaskan 7-cent airmail stamps sold out in Anchorage, and Governor Egan had surgery for removal of a gall stone.
In 1961, Mount Trident - in the Katmai National Monument in the Alaska Peninsula - erupted, sending a column of smoke and ash nearly 20,000 feet into the air.
In the Nation
In 1838, Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J..
In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.
In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.
In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.
In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of being the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
In 1993, authorities rescued Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Mrs. Stolpa's husband, James, succeeded in reaching help following the family's eight-day ordeal in the snow-covered Nevada desert.