In 1929, a Lockheed Vega plane piloted by Anscel Eckmann arrived at Juneau on the first nonstop flight from Seattle to Alaska. Nunivak Island National Wildlife Refuge was established.
In 1939, the Stevens Village School was closed all week due to an influenza epidemic which affected nearly 100 percent of the villagers.
In 1959, Gov. William Egan resumed his duties in the aftermath of emergency gallbladder surgery.
In 1971, a bill authorizing the sale of the state ferry Wickersham was sent to Gov. William Egan.
In 1979, Steve Cowper acknowledged he was leaning towards running for the House because, "I would enjoy that kind of job instead of one where I would be constantly in the public eye - where you're forced to keep a high public profile all the time." He became governor in 1986.
In the nation
In 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 1861, three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
In 1865, President Lincoln died, several hours after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.
In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States.
In 1990, actress Greta Garbo died in New York at age 84.
In 1999, a gunman opened fire at the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, killing two people and wounding four others before being shot to death by police.
In 2003, umpire Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan during a game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. The fan, Eric Dybas, was later sentenced to six months in jail and 30 months probation.
In the world
In 1912, the British luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg. About 1,500 people died.
In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
In 1989, 95 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests following the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang.
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