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In 1871, Walter Mendenhall, for whom the Mendenhall Glacier was named, was born.
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 gold mine began.
In 1969, Sen. R.R. Blodgett, D-Teller, introduced a bill to appropriate $300,000 for a feasibility study of a road from Anchorage to Nome.
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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 1895, abolitionist Frederick Douglass died in Washington, D.C.
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 Seven.
In 1965, the Ranger Eight spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air.
In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch, as the spacecraft fired its three engines in a 20-second test.
In 1999, movie reviewer Gene Siskel died outside Chicago.