In 1797, Baron Ferdinand Von Wrangell, Russian governor, was born.
In 1901, Fred Welty and Ernest Johns of Marys Igloo reached Nome after being caught without provisions in a three-day blizzard. They reported that horses had eaten their tent.
In 1939, a diphtheria epidemic closed Juneau schools and children were not allowed to leave their homes or yards.
In 1959, the Legislative Council recommended an annual salary of $3,000 for Alaska lawmakers, plus $40 per day for expenses during session.
In 1979, a fire swept through a Fairbanks mobile home after the owner tried to thaw the pipes with a weed burner. The U.S. Department of Commerce decided to return management of seven marine mammals to the state of Alaska.
In the nation
In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.