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 1882, Congress passed, over President Arthur's veto, the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.
In 1935, the Works Progress Administration began operating.
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 1981, Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1987, CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.
In 1994, former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against President Clinton, alleging he'd sexually harassed her in 1991. (Jones reached a settlement with Clinton in November 1998.)