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In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as the sixth governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt.
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In 1935, Pacific Alaska Airway began their Juneau-Fairbanks service.
In 1959, Alaska Airlines applied for routes to Hawaii.
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In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
In 1917, President Wood-row Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."
In 1956, 50 years ago, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS television.
In 1996, a federal appeals court rejected New York state laws banning doctor-assisted suicide, saying it would be discriminatory to let people disconnect life support systems while refusing to let others end their lives with medication.
In 2001, President George W. Bush demanded China promptly return a U.S. spy plane and its crew members. (The plane had made an emergency landing in China after colliding with a Chinese fighter.) Duke won its third national men's basketball championship with an 82-72 victory over Arizona.