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In 1920, Juneau police recovered a 500-pound safe that was stolen the previous day by following the sled tracks to a cabin where two thieves were arrested. The police recovered $200 from the unopened safe.
In 1939, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes "demanded" imposition of an 8 percent tax on Alaska gold production.
In 1941, the Alaska Defense Command was established under General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr.
In 1969, Robert Pavitt, Anchorage Borough planning director, predicted an Anchorage population of 250,000 by 1988.
In 1975, ham omelets cooked in Anchorage were blamed for causing food poisoning of 140 passengers on a Japan Air Lines 747.
In 1985, the Attu battlegrounds and airfields were designated as national historic landmarks.
In the nation
In 1789, electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1801, John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.