In 1914, Seven of the eight members of the Territorial Senate were hanged in effigy at Cordova because of their vote supporting a railroad from Seward.
In 1935, The new building of the Alaska Pioneers' Home at Sitka was dedicated.
In 1959, A belligerent moose disrupted Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous.
In 1975, George Attla won his fifth Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Sled Dog Race.
In the nation
In 1801, the House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr became vice president.
In 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's first gas company.
In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not known which side set the blaze.)
In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, was founded in Washington.
In 1933, Newsweek was first published.
In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
In 1986, Johnson and Johnson, maker of "Tylenol," announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced capsule.
In 1993, President Clinton addressed a joint session of Congress, asking Americans to accept one of the biggest tax increases in history as part of a plan to stimulate the economy and curb massive budget deficits.
In the world
In 1972, President Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.
In 1993, A ferry carrying up to 15,000 people sank off Haiti; only 285 people were known to have survived.