In 1882, the name of the local post office was changed from Harrisburgh to Juneau.
In 1935, residents moved into the new Pioneers' Home building in Sitka.
In 1979, the Glacier Queen, a 203-foot converted ferry, floated to the surface after spending two months on the bottom of Seldovia Bay.
In the nation
In 1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense."
In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union.
In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1980, former AFL-CIO president George Meany died in Washington, D.C., at age 85.
In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
In 2000, America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion.
In the world
In 1863, London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public.
In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.
In 1928, the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.
In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
In 1978, the Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut 6 space laboratory.
In 1995, Russia announced a 48-hour truce in breakaway Chechnya, but the cease-fire fell apart after only a few hours.
In 2000, peace talks between Israel and Syria recessed in West Virginia without agreement on new borders or any other major elements of a land-for-peace treaty.