In 1959, The Piggly-Wiggly store in Spenard was sold.
In 1967, The first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley was completed.
In 1979, The strongest earthquake in seven years, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, struck 120 miles northeast of Yakutat.
In 1987, The Alaska Department of Natural Resources urged passage of a bill to charge fees in Alaska's most popular campgrounds.
In the nation
In 1827, the first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co., was incorporated.
In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.
In 1849, the ship California arrived at San Francisco, carrying the first of the gold-seekers.
In 1854, some 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group, which became the Republican Party.
In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1951, the Senate committee headed by Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., issued a preliminary report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the United States.
In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes. The revolutionary discovery in a Cambridge University laboratory led to Watson and Crick's being awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962.
In 1993, A gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.
In 1995, Denver International Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2 billion in budget overruns.
In 1996, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles.
In 1998, In their weekly radio addresses, President Clinton and the Republicans sparred over education, with Clinton describing tests showing American high school students lagging behind those of other industrial nations as a "wake-up call" while the Republicans blamed the disappointing results on a "hungry bureaucracy in Washington" that gobbles up education funds.
In 2002, The body of a young girl found outside San Diego was positively identified as that of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who'd disappeared from her bedroom about a month earlier; a neighbor, David Westerfield, was later convicted of her murder and sentenced to death.
In the world
In 1975, more than 40 people were killed in London's Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel.
In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm.
In 1993, Three U.S. planes carried out the first mission to drop relief supplies over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 2002, Hindus in western India retaliated for a train attack that claimed some 60 lives by setting fire to Muslims' homes, then keeping firefighters away for hours.
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