In 1909, the first stamp mill in Interior Alaska opened near Fairbanks.
In 1948, a pilotless plane took off from Nome, heading for Siberia. It disappeared heading for 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 life-threatening 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 more than 500 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 present-day 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 U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.