In 1911, Cordova residents shoveled Canadian coal into the harbor to protest federal reservations of Alaska coal lands. The event became known as the Cordova Coal Party.
In 1925, Charles R. Hoyt, one of Alaska's most colorful journalists, was born in Fairbanks. (He died on Nov. 6, 1974.)
In 1939, Lt. Col. Gregory Holsington was ordered transferred to Chilkoot Barracks in Haines as its new commander.
In 1949, Alaska's General Fund was $450,000 short of being able to pay its bills.
In 1952, An Alaska Air Command C-47 was the first aircraft to land at the geographic center of the North Pole.
In 1972, wilderness areas were established in Alaska's state parks.
In the nation
In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.
In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour work day turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.
In 1961, a group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in interstate buses and bus terminals.