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In 1895, Frank Peratrovich, a Tlingit leader and the first president of the Alaska Senate, was born in Klawock.
In 1906, Wilford B. Hoggatt took office as the sixth governor of the territory of Alaska, appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.
In 1935, Pacific Alaska Airway began Juneau-Fairbanks service.
In 1959, Alaska Airlines applied for routes to Hawaii.
In the nation
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 Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces.
In 1917, President Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."
In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in New York City's Bronx borough, where Condon turned over $50,000 to an unidentified man in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (The child, however, was not returned, and was found dead the following month.)
In 1997, The White House released documents showing how eager it had been to exploit the money-drawing powers of President Clinton and Vice President Gore during the 1996 campaign while coordinating with the Democratic Party's fundraising machine.
In 2006, Journalist Jill Carroll arrived in Boston, tearfully embracing her parents and twin sister after 82 days as a hostage in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a surprise trip to Iraq to urge its leaders to form a unified government.
In the world
In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)
In 2002, Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, where they began a 39-day standoff.