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In 1899, the post office of Sunrise was established on the Kenai Peninsula, with Nellie Frost as postmaster.
In 1932, the Taku Harbor cannery of Libby, McNeil, and Libby (south of Juneau) was destroyed by fire.
In 1949, the Federal Communications Commission granted permission for a radio telephone station at the Nome office of the Alaska Steamship Co.
In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller signed into law a bill lowering the voting age in Alaska from 19 to 18 years.
In 1970, Kachemack Bay State Park was established.
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In 1754, a cartoon in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony; the caption read, "Join or die."
In 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the election of U.S. senators by popular vote rather than selection by state legislatures, was ratified.
In 1945, U.S. officials announced that a midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved the pill Enovid as safe for birth control use.
In 1961, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Nixon.
In 1980, 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section to collapse.
In 1996, in dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
In 2005, 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias were found stabbed to death in Zion, Ill.; Laura's father, Jerry Hobbs III, was later charged with killing the girls. Actress Renee Zellweger married country music star Kenny Chesney.