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In 1958, the "White Alice" communications system began operation in northern Alaska.
In the nation
In 1804, the Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1937, a 6-foot-tall concrete statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
In 1958, the U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer 3.
In 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand, opened on Broadway.
In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House.
In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who had committed suicide were found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Former drug counselor John G. Bennett Jr. pleaded no contest in Philadelphia to charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud. (Bennett was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, tax violations and money laundering.)
In 2002, Arthur Andersen chief executive Joseph Berardino resigned, bowing to mounting pressure as a result of the accounting firm's role in the Enron scandal. President Bush nominated Dr. Richard Carmona to be surgeon general.
In 2006, Paul Dana, 30, died when he slammed into a stopped car during a warmup session of the Toyota Indy 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In the world
In 1971, East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
In 2002, Yasser Arafat decided not to attend a key Arab summit in Beirut, Lebanon; his Cabinet accused Israel of trying to "blackmail" the Palestinian leader with tough conditions for allowing him to go.
In 2006, an Afghan court dismissed the case against Abdul Rahman, who was facing possible execution for converting from Islam to Christianity.