In 1932, Joe Crosson made the first landing on Muldrow Glacier on Mount McKinley.
In 1939, Frank Berry, Superintendent of Public Facilities, announced a campaign to decrease radio interference in Anchorage by having filters installed on all automotive ignition systems.
In 1949, President Harry Truman vetoed the compensation of three Alaska milk farmers for harm done by low-flying U.S. military planes (in 1941).
In 1969, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration to designate the tanner crab as the "Queen Crab."
In 1979, the Alaska State Senate failed to pass a pro-capital move resolution by a vote of 10 to 7.
In the nation
In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
In 1983, the Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.
In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.
In 2004, hundreds of thousands of abortion-rights supporters marched in Washington, D.C., to protest Bush administration policies.
In the world
In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.
In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.
In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain.
In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.
In 1945, delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.
In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war.
In 1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.
In 2000, assailants shot and killed Zika Petrovic, an ally of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.