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In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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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, & 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.
In the nation
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 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 Richard Nixon.
In 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section to collapse.
In 1982, the musical "Nine," inspired by Federico Fellini's film "Eight-and-a-Half," opened on Broadway.
In 2002, following the example set by Illinois, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening suspended all executions in his state while a study was done on whether the death penalty was being meted out in a racially discriminatory way. Veteran Mexican musician Juan Gabriel won four awards, including top songwriter, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla.
In the world
In 1926, Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly over the North Pole.
In 1936, Italy annexed Ethiopia.