In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1938, the steamer Tongass, of the Alaska Transportation Company, arrived in Juneau on its first Alaska voyage.
In 1959, U.S. Sen. E.L. "Bob" Bartlett, D-Alaska, called for a full-scale investigation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's plans to take more than 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. 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 formed in Philadelphia.
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 1890, the First International Conference of American States met in Washington, where delegates agreed to form the International Union of American Republics, a forerunner of the Organization of American States.
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 1968, the gay-themed play "The Boys in the Band," by Matt Crowley, opened in New York.
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.
In 1986, Americans got first word of a U.S. air raid on Libya.