In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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 to bring serum to combat the diphtheria outbreak in Nome.
In 1969, the University of Alaska began its first major oceanographic expedition to the Bering Sea.
In the nation
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 Flat.
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 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages just released by Iran at the White House.
In 1999, the Republican-controlled Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Bill Clinton and then voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses - but by margins well short of the two-thirds needed to oust the president.