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In 1942, the S.S. Mount McKinley wrecked near 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.
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In 1861, the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala., adopted a constitution.
In 1888, the famous "Blizzard of '88" began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
In 1941, President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
In 1957, Charles Van Doren's 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show "Twenty-One" ended as he was "defeated" by attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren's take was $129,000.
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.
In 1977, more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations.
In 2002, two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.