In 1972, Juneau-Douglas Community College on Fifth Street was destroyed by fire.
In 1975, Anchorage police nearly panicked at the report of the theft of a Boeing 720B airplane from the Anchorage International Airport. But calm returned when it was learned the airplane was a model airplane stolen from Western Airlines.
In the nation
In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a 5 cent store in Utica, N.Y.
In 1889, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union.
In 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)
In 1984, a 12-year-old Houston boy known publicly only as "David," who'd spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.
In 1996, President Clinton announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
In 2001, President Bush held his first full-fledged presidential news conference, in which he defended his tax-cutting and budget-tightening plans and gave FBI Director Louis Freeh a vote of confidence following the arrest of veteran agent Robert Hanssen on spying charges.
In 2005, a Virginia man was charged with plotting with al-Qaida to kill President Bush. (Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted on all counts in November 2005.)
In the world
In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar Wilde, was first performed, at London's St. James's Theater.
In 1973, the United States and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.
In 1996, the space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit on a mission to unreel a satellite on the end of a 12.8-mile cord.