In 1881, the Harrisburgh post office was established. It was renamed Juneau the following January.
In 1944, the Alaska-Juneau gold mine closed down at midnight, virtually ending lode mining in the area. It was closed because of a government order mandating a wage increase.
In 1957, Mike Stepovich took office as the ninth and last Governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower.
In 1958, Ripple Rock in Seymour Narrows was destroyed by the then-largest man-made nonatomic explosion in history. Two and a half years in preparation, $3 million, and nearly 3 million pounds of explosive removed the worst menace to navigation in the 850-mile Inside Passage.
In the nation
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
In the world
In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91.
In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.