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In 1892, the post office in Ketchikan was established with George W. Clark as postmaster.
In 1895, the S.S. Willapa sailed from Seattle to begin Alaska Steamship Company service to Alaska.
In 1909, James Wickersham was seated as the third delegate in the U.S. Congress from Alaska.
In 1939, the territorial Senate killed a bill appropriating $14,000 to subsidize radio stations in Alaska to "disseminate facts and information."
In 1960, a demonstration run of three "Iron Dogs" - gas powered, ski-equipped sleds - began in Bethel enroute to Fairbanks.
In the nation
In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)
In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
In 1837, a city charter for Chicago went into effect.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president.
In 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was broadcast live on 21 radio stations coast to coast.
In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression.
In 1952, actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.
In 1981, a jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, of violating the civil rights of two black men who'd been shot to death.
In 1987, President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.
In 1997, President Clinton visited the scene of tornado destruction in his home state of Arkansas, where he also declared Ohio and Kentucky disaster areas because of floods.
In 2006, the Army announced it would start a criminal investigation into the 2004 friendly fire death of former professional football player Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan.
In the world
In 1681, England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
In 2002, seven American soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in Afghanistan at the outset of Operation Anaconda against remnant Taliban and al-Qaida forces. European Union's 15 members ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but failed to set pollutant-emission levels to meet the accord's targets.
In 2006, President Bush, visiting Islamabad, praised Pakistan's fight against terrorism as unfaltering, but turned down an appeal for the same civilian nuclear help the United States intended to give India.