In 1799, Alexander Baranof, Russian Governor of Alaska, set sail from Kodiak to Southeast Alaska.
In 1885, Dr. Sheldon Jackson was appointed U.S. General Agent of Education in Alaska.
In 1914, Excavation started for the concrete Messerschmidt Building, now the Silverbow Inn, in Juneau.
In 1953, B. Frank Heintzleman took office as the eighth Governor of the Territory of Alaska, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower.
In 1959, Acting Governor Hugh Wade vetoed a bill calling for impoundment of stray dogs.
In the nation
In 1847, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer was born in Mako, Hungary.
In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
In 1925, the novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published.
In 1953, 50 years ago, the three-dimensional horror movie "House of Wax," produced by Warner Bros. and starring Vincent Price, premiered in New York.
In 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.
In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
In 1978, Arkady Shevchenko, a high-ranking Soviet citizen employed by the United Nations, sought political asylum in the United States.
In the world
In 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
In 1932, German president Paul Von Hindenburg was re-elected, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.
In 1974, Golda Meir announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel.
In 1981, imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands won election to the British Parliament.
In 1993, South African activist Chris Hani, head of the Communist Party and a leading official of the African National Congress, was shot to death (two white extremists were later convicted in the slaying).
In 1998, The Northern Ireland peace talks concluded as negotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.
In 2002, Eight Israelis were killed by a suicide bomber aboard a bus in Haifa.