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In 1906, the Alaska Delegate Act passed Congress which allowed an Alaskan to sit within the House of Representatives (a non-voting seat until statehood in 1959).
In 1916, Wrangell's first bank, The Bank of Alaska, opened its doors.
In 1939, Pacific Alaska Airways announced that 20,000 pounds of mail was flown between Juneau, Whitehorse and Fairbanks in the first year of air mail service for these cities.
In 1941, the Army activated Fort Meares at Dutch Harbor with eight officers and 142 enlisted men.
In 1969, the Borough of Anchorage called for a 30-day pet quarantine after nine residents of Southcentral Alaska required rabies vaccinations. A rifle slug was found in the engine of an Alaska Airlines jet. The slug was so flattened that the caliber could not be determined.
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In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
In 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas, with no clear victory for either side.
In 1886, Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola.
In 1945, President Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in Europe.
In 1962, the musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opened on Broadway.
In 1970, anti-war protests took place across the United States and around the world; in New York, construction workers broke up a demonstration on Wall Street.
In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
In 1987, Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, including his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1997, President Clinton assured Central American leaders during a summit in Costa Rica that they need not fear mass deportations of immigrants who'd sought refuge in the United States during U.S.-backed conflicts. After months of railing against Democrats for taking foreign money, the Republican Party announced it had returned $122,400 in contributions from a Hong Kong company.
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