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In 1972, Juneau-Douglas Community College on Fifth Street was destroyed by fire. Kluane, Nehanni, and Baffin Islands national parks were established.
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 1819, Spain agreed to cede Florida to the U.S. under the Adams-Onis Treaty.
In 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed an omnibus bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union.
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 1997, cutbacks began under new welfare law limiting childless adults, under age 50 and able to work, to three months of food stamps in any three-year period.
In 2002, police in San Diego arrested David Westerfield in connection with the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. (Westerfield was later sentenced to death for Danielle's murder.)
In 2006, 8 workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant came forward to claim a $365 million Powerball jackpot.
In the world
In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde was first performed, at London's St. James's Theater.
In 1967, more than 25,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, aimed at smashing a Vietcong stronghold near the Cambodian border.
In 1973, the U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.
In 2002, the Angolan army and government announced the killing of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi.