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In 1901, the Alaska Electric Light & Power Company at Juneau was incorporated.
In 1916, the Bering River and Matanuska Valley Coal Reserves were proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson.
In 1942, the U.S. Army established a post at Cordova with 21 officers and 443 enlisted men.
In 1969, plans to begin construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline were given the green light from the U.S. Senate's Interior Committee. The Juneau Empire was purchased by an Atlanta, Georgia-based newspaper chain owned by William Morris III.
In the nation
In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.
In 1913, President Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.
In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway.
In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
In 1994, Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, defeated four Democratic primary challengers in his bid for re-election.
In 1999, an Amtrak train slammed into a steel-filled truck at a crossing in Bourbonnais, Ill., killing 11 people. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2003, protesters in Washington, D.C., and around the world demonstrated against a possible war with Iraq.
In the world
In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles including Brutus and Cassius.
In 1919, the American Legion was founded, in Paris.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.
In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal. It was her fifth marriage, his second.
In 1999, the Kosovar Albanian delegation to peace talks in Paris said it was ready to sign an international accord for Kosovo.
In 2003, Hu Jintao was chosen to replace Jiang Zemin as the president of China.