In 1917, the Canadian steamer Prince John was wrecked in Wrangell Narrows. It was later salvaged.
In 1959, the first session of the Alaska Legislature convened in Juneau.
In 1974, KTOO-FM, Alaska's first non-commercial, listener-supported radio station, signed on the air.
In the nation
In 1802, Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.
In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union.
In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.
In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe missed its target by some 22,000 miles.
In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
In 1995, a little more than three weeks after Republicans had taken control of Congress, the House endorsed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution designed to eliminate chronic federal deficits.
In 2004, the White House retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars.
In the world
In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.
In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premiered in Dresden, Germany.
In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.
In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.
In 2004, at least 16 people were killed in the collapse of a building in Nasr City, Egypt.