In 1900, the Military Department of Alaska was established by the Secretary of War.
In 1905, a new record for telegraphic service to Nome was established, when a local businessman received a message from New York that had been sent just under six hours earlier.
In 1907, the power house of the Citizens Light and Power Company of Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.
In 1959, Gov. Bill Egan left the state for a Seattle hospital stay in wake of recent surgery.
In 1959, a million-dollar budget for Alaska parks and monuments was recommended to President Eisenhower.
In 1979, a Fairbanks woman who was injured when her waterbed rolled, pinning her to the floor for 11 hours, received $150,000 from the manufacturer.
In the Nation
In 1807, Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
In 1809, author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union.
In 1944, the federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.
In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.
In 1970, President Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.