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In 1887, Arthur Delaney was appointed Alaska collector of customs. He was Juneau's first mayor and also a U.S. District Judge.
In 1914, the 40-stamp Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Co. pilot mill started crushing ore on the Juneau waterfront.
In 1919, a $50,000 fire destroyed much of the business district in the mining town of McCarthy.
In 1950, ground was broken for the Mendenhall Apartments in Juneau.
In 1959, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill to pay the governor, then killed it in free conference.
In 1969, seven climbers began an attempt to summit Mount Kimball - at 10,350 feet, the highest mountain in the eastern Alaska Range. It had never before been successfully climbed.
In 1988, Vern Tejas completed the first solo ascent of Mount McKinley.
In the nation
In 1850, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.
In 1911, the United States sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican Revolution.
In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.
In 1975, the Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder.
In 1997, after a week of embarrassing disclosures about White House fundraising, President Clinton told a news conference, "I'm not sure, frankly" whether he'd also made calls for campaign cash. But he insisted that nothing had undercut his pledge to have the highest ethical standards ever.
In 2002, the House passed 417-3 a bill cutting taxes and extending unemployment benefits.
In 2006, the Bush administration drew a hard line on Iran, warning of "meaningful consequences" if the Islamic government did not back away from an international confrontation over its disputed nuclear program.
In the world
In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.
In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1981, anti-government guerrillas in Colombia executed kidnapped American Bible translator Chester Allen Bitterman, whom they accused of being a CIA agent.
In 2002, by a razor-thin margin, voters in Ireland rejected a government plan to further toughen the country's already strict anti-abortion laws.