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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.)
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 oil pipeline.
In the nation
In 1860, the first Japanese ambassador to the United States (Niimi Buzennokami) and his staff arrived in San Francisco.
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 Roosevelt, began its "hundred days" of enacting New Deal legislation.
In 1954, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on an episode of "See It Now."
In 1977, about a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. The siege ended two days later.
In 1981, Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."