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In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to appropriate $1 million to give Eskimos and Indians of Alaska exclusive control of the reindeer industry in Alaska.
In 1959, Kit MacInnes won the All-Alaska Women's Dog Sled Race in Anchorage. The Atomic Energy Commission decided to look outside of northwestern Alaska to create a harbor with nuclear devices.
In 1968, ARCO and Humble Oil hit oil at Prudhoe Bay.
In 1969, a sizeable asbestos deposit was discovered in the remote mountainous region near Eagle.
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In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
In 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the United States for the first time.
In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 1960, the VIII Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard Nixon.