In 1939, the "saloon bill," permitting beer, wine, and hard liquor to be sold by the drink, passed the Alaska Senate by a 5-3 vote.
In 1961, Juneau's first commercial jet transport, a Pan American Boeing 707 Clipper, arrived at Juneau Airport.
In 1985, Republicans condemned Gov. Bill Sheffield's appointment of a socialist, Bill Ross, to head the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
In the nation
In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. The currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec.
In 1809, the territory of Illinois was created.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington at age 67.
In 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
In 1994, President Clinton lifted the 19-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.
In 1995, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time in NASA history.
In the world
In 1783, Spain recognized U.S. independence.
In 1916, Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.