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In 1889, Lyman E. Knapp took office as the third governor of the district of Alaska, appointed by President Benjamin Harrison.
In 1935, the steamer North Sea, Northland Transportation Co., arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.
In the nation
In 1836, the territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.
In 1971, the Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
In 1980, the first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.
In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton, Colo., as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.
In 2001, two therapists were convicted in Golden, Colo., of reckless child abuse in a young girl's suffocation death during a "rebirthing" therapy session. (Connell Watkins and Julie Ponder were later sentenced to 16 years in prison.)
In 2005, President Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.
In the world
In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.
In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.