In 1911, a fire destroyed a dozen buildings in the business district of Douglas.
In 1959, the Air Force launched an investigation into reports of the Explorer satellite exploding over Alaska. It was either that or a UFO. The Detroit 59'ers resumed their trip to Alaska from Michigan, after getting new tires in Minnesota.
In 1969, the University of Alaska received a $10,000 grant to collect and analyze Indian, Eskimo and Aleut languages.
In 1975, work began on the trans-Alaska pipeline.
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In 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.
In 1916, Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing more than a dozen people.
In 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Franklin Roosevelt, began its "hundred days" of enacting New Deal legislation.
In 1981, Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."