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. Construction began on the Alaska-Canadian Highway.
In 1959, the deepest hole ever drilled in Alaska was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. 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 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 made its debut.
In 1955, the William Inge play "Bus Stop" opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York.
In 1965, the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theater.
In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics.
In 1996, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole reignited his presidential campaign with an overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Republican primary.
In 2005, the woman who accused NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape settled her lawsuit against him, ending the case.
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 2001, the United Nations tried in vain to persuade Afghanistan's ruling Taliban to reverse its decision to destroy a pair of giant, ancient statues of Buddha and other Buddhist relics that the regime considered idolatrous.
In 2005, the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached 1,500.