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In 1948, a pilotless plane took off from Nome, heading for Siberia. It disappeared en route to St. Lawrence Island after several unsuccessful attempts were made to shoot it down.
In 1959, Gov. Bill Egan was released from a Seattle hospital following gallbladder surgery.
In 1969, Arctic explorer Bernt Balchin predicted that the Arctic ice pack was thinning and may become open sea by the end of the century.
In 1988, the Alaska House of Representatives approved the $75.2 million jobs bill, including funds for construction, repair and maintenance projects around the state.
In the nation
In 1779, American forces led by George Rogers Clark routed the British from Fort Sackville in the Revolutionary War Battle of Vincennes in Indiana.
In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
In 1901, U.S. Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.
In 1957, the Supreme Court, in Butler v. Michigan, overturned a Michigan statute making it a misdemeanor to sell books containing obscene language that would tend to corrupt "the morals of youth."
In 1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Fla.
In 1997, a jury in Media, Pa., convicted multimillionaire John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. (Du Pont is serving a 13- to 30-year sentence.)
In 2002, former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Costas "Gus" Christofi, a limousine driver at Williams' estate in Alexandria Township, N.J. (A jury convicted Williams in 2004 of trying to cover up the slaying; it acquitted Williams of aggravated manslaughter but deadlocked on a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.)
In the world
In 1308, Edward II was crowned King of England.
In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.
In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
In 1997, China's elite bid a final farewell to Deng Xiaoping, the country's last great revolutionary leader.
In 2006, in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner in the central African country's first multiparty election in 25 years. Apolo Anton Ohno upset favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold in the 500-meter short track speedskating event at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.