In 1887, miners went on strike in Treadwell, seeking wage increases to $3 a day and board.
In 1898, the steamer Whitelaw burned at Skagway. The loss was estimated at $50,000.
In 1909, the office and plant of the Alaska Daily Record burned in Juneau.
In 1920, the newspaper Alaska Daily Capital was established in Juneau.
In 1959, Mt. Hubley in Northeast Alaska was named after Dr. Richard Hubley, a University of Washington meteorologist. Fifteen vehicles and 50-plus families left Detroit, Michigan for Alaska to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, traveling as the "Detroit '59ers."
In 1963, Marie Drake, author of the words to Alaska's Flag - the state song - died.
In 1969, Rep. Stan Cornelius, R-Anch, submitted a resolution which requested the governor to proclaim October "Country Music Month" in Alaska.
In the nation
In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
In 1849, Zachary Taylor took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.
In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn.
In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood. He was 33.
In 1994, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum resigned in the wake of turmoil over the Clinton administration's handling of questions related to Whitewater.
In 1999, Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people. D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret. Actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, N.Y., at age 76.