In 1925, diphtheria serum was delivered to Nome from Nenana by dog sled relay. Part of this route later became the Iditarod Dogsled Race route.
In 1931, the American flag was raised for the first time over the new Capitol of the territory of Alaska by Gov. George Parks with 400 school children attending.
In 1939, Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett took office as secretary of Alaska.
In 1947, a fire destroyed the Valdez Hospital and Childrens' Home.
In 1985, a fire destroyed the Alaska Glacier Seafood Co. and Cold Storage in Petersburg.
In the nation
In 1653, New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.
In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.
In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site nine years later.)
In 1987, the White House announced the resignation of CIA Director William Casey, who was hospitalized and had undergone brain surgery.
In 1996, a deep freeze continued in the Plains, the Midwest and much of the South, breaking temperature records that had stood for a century.
In 2001, former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said they would pay for $86,000 worth of White House gifts they chose to keep.
In 2005, in his State of the Union address, President Bush called for changes in Social Security that would combine reduced government benefits for younger workers with "a chance to build a nest egg" through personal accounts.
In the world
In 1536, the Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed.
In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
In 1945, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill departed Malta for the summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote.