In 1935, the first contingent of CCC workers for the great Matanuska colonization project rolled into Anchorage at noon aboard the Alaska Railroad.
In the nation
In 1861, Arkansas seceded from the Union.
In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German dirigible "Hindenburg" burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
In 1987, CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.
In 1996, the body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he'd disappeared.
In the world
In 1889, the Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
In 1910, Britain's King Edward VII died.
In 1942, during World War II, some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
In 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in three minutes, 59.4 seconds.
In 1960, Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)
In 1992, actress Marlene Dietrich died at her Paris home at age 90.
In 1993, the Bosnian Serb parliament, for the third time, rejected a United Nations peace plan for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 2002, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of house arrest.