In 1838, John Muir, famed naturalist who explored much of Southeast Alaska, was born in Scotland.
In 1925, Morris W. Griffith, U.S. Marshall at Nome, died suddenly.
In 1959, Russia's Literary Gazette reported that Soviet engineers were studying the idea of building a bridge from Siberia to Alaska. The bridge could carry railroad tracks and atomic pumps to divert warm ocean currents toward the Arctic Ocean to warm up the area's climate.
In the nation
In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland Assembly.