In 1871, Walter Mendenhall, for whom the Mendenhall Glacier was named, was born.
In 1899, the first passenger train reached White Pass in Canada's Yukon Territory.
In 1907, the Pioneers of Alaska was organized at Nome, which became Igloo No. 1.
In 1941, the filling of West Willoughby Avenue with waste rock from the Alaska Juneau mine began.
In the nation
In 1792, President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1933, the House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard "Friendship 7."
In 1965, the "Ranger 8" spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
In 1981, the space shuttle "Columbia" cleared the final major hurdle to its launch as it fired its engines in a 20-second test.