In 1913, the first Alaska Territorial Legislature convened in the Elks Hall in Juneau. The first House bill approved suffrage to women.
In 1973, the first Iditarod Sled Dog Race was held, from Anchorage to Nome.
In the nation
In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established.
In 1849, Congress created the Minnesota Territory.
In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th president of the United States in a private ceremony (a public swearing-in took place two days later).
In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner," officially became the national anthem of the United States.
In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.
In 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
In 1993, health pioneer Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, died in Washington at age 86.
In the world
In 1974, nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.
In 2002, voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.