In 1917, George Grigsby took office as the first attorney general of the territory of Alaska.
In 1925, Keith Miller, governor from 1969 to 1970, was born.
In 1932, the U.S. Signal Corps telegraph service began 24-hour continuous service in Juneau.
In 1942, the U.S. Army activated the Juneau post with 20 officers and 547 enlisted men.
In 1969, David Bruce of Houston, Texas, and Rita McCay of Windsor, Ontario, were married in a candle-lit igloo near Nome, believed to be the only authentic snow house.
In 1979, a major earthquake measuring between 7.5 and 8.0 on the Richter scale occurred beneath the St. Elias mountains.
In the nation
In 1781, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
In 1790, Congress authorized the first U.S. Census.
In 1864, Rebecca Lee became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston.
In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.
In 1872, Congress authorized creation of Yellowstone National Park.
In 1932, 20-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)
In 1945, President Roosevelt, back from the Yalta Conference, proclaimed the meeting a success as he addressed a joint session of Congress.
In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
In 2004, the California Supreme Court ruled a Roman Catholic charity had to offer birth-control coverage to its employees.
In the world
In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.
In 2004, rebels rolled into Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where they were met by thousands of residents cheering the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide the day before, on Leap Day. Iraqi officials approved an interim constitution.