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In 1927, the Sunny Point Cannery at Ketchikan was destroyed by fire.
In 1952, a fire that started late the previous evening destroyed much of downtown Wrangell.
In 1979, avalanches closed the road to Seward.
In the nation
In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington.
In 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy.
In 1933, during Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state went into operation.
In 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. (It fell three states short of the 38 needed for approval.)
In 1996, the shuttle Atlantis, carrying astronaut Shannon Lucid to a rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 2001, an 18-year-old student opened fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., wounding three classmates and two teachers before he was shot by a police officer. (Jason Hoffman later hanged himself while in jail.)