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In 1949, U.S. military officials announced plans for a permanent arctic equipment testing station at Big Delta. Anchorage set a new winter snowfall record of 104.3 inches.
In 1958, a Juneau man drove away a young black bear by kicking it in the rump.
In 1970, an apparent oil spill in Bristol Bay killed as many as 86,000 murres (a kind of seabird).
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In 1822, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
In 1865, the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 Union prisoners of war.
In 1937, the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed.
In 1973, during the Watergate scandal, acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray resigned.
In 1978, convicted Watergate defendant John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months.
In 1982, the trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr., who had shot four people, including President Reagan, began in Washington. (The trial ended with Hinckley's acquittal by reason of insanity.)
In 1993, after a hiatus of more than four months, Israeli and Arab delegates resumed Middle East peace talks in Washington D.C.