In 1938, the steamer Tongass, of the Alaska Transportation Company, arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.
In 1959, U.S. Senator E.L. (Bob) Bartlett (D-Alaska) called for a full-scale investigation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's plans to take over 1,600 acres of land for a nuclear experiment.
In 1969, the Alaska State Senate passed an amendment to the State Constitution allowing 18-year olds to vote.
In 1969, a team of scientists from the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute began their investigation of auroral radio noises, under contract with the U.S. Army.
In the nation
In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
In 1865, President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington. (Lincoln died the following morning.)
In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store, called "The Golden Rule," in Kemmerer, Wyo.
In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.
In 1981, the first test flight of America's first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.