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In 1949, Anchorage set a 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.
In the nation
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 2003, Kevin Millwood pitched a no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
In the world
In 1509, Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
In 1805, a force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
In 1967, Expo '67 was officially opened in Montreal.
In 1992, the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the republic of Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro.