In 1905, the bill creating the Alaska Road Commission was signed into law by President Teddy Roosevelt.
In 1925, the first dog team left Nenana in the relay of serum to combat the diphtheria outbreak in Nome.
In 1936, Scott C. Bone, Alaska's governor from 1921-25, died in Santa Barbara, California.
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In 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
In 1951, an era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began, as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft in Cape Kennedy, Fla.