In 1903, an Act of Congress provided for a submarine telegraph cable from Seattle to Sitka and Juneau.
In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.
In 1942, contract air mail service was inaugurated between Juneau and Sitka.
In 1942, construction began on the Alaska-Canadian Highway.
In 1959, the deepest hole ever drilled in Alaska was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole.
In 1959, Alaska officially received the "official versions" of the pound, ounce, yard, foot, and gallon.
In 1975, two people in New Stoyahok died of botulism after eating fermented beaver tail.
In the nation
In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va.
In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state was established.
In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.
In 1923, Time magazine debuted.
In 1933, the motion picture "King Kong," starring Fay Wray, had its world premiere in New York.
In 1949, an American B-50 Superfortress, the Lucky Lady Two, landed at Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop round-the-world flight.
In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics.
In 1993, in the third day of a standoff between federal agents and Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, local radio stations broadcast a taped statement in which the group's leader, David Koresh, promised to surrender; however, the standoff continued.
In the world
In 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope; he took the name Pius XII.
In 1943, the World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began.
In 1998, The U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed Secretary General Kofi Annan's deal to open Iraq's presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
In 2002, eleven Israelis were killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. Rioting spread as the death toll in India's religious strife reached 408.