In 1726, Russian navigator Vasilii Chichagov, for whom Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska was named, was born.
In 1942, the SS Mt. McKinley was wrecked in the Aleutian Islands.
In 1948, the Nome Hospital burned.
In 1969, the State Highway Department completed construction of the winter road to North Slope Oil fields.
In the nation
In 1861, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution.
In 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" struck the Northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
In 1930, former President and Chief Justice Taft was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun" opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
In 1965, the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.