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In 1912, work began on the Governor's Mansion in Juneau.
In 1929, the first legal boxing event in the territory of Alaska was held in Juneau. Previously, such boxing was illegal.
In 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces landed on Attu Island, beginning a fierce battle to recapture the island from the Japanese. The Americans took the island 19 days later.
In 1972, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton decided to grant a right-of-way permit for construction of the 798-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline, pending litigation by environmental groups.
In the nation
In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.
In 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
In 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the "Pentagon Papers" case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct.
In 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.
In 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft de-layed Timothy McVeigh's execution from May 16 to June 11 because of FBI mishandling of documents. A jury in Pittsburgh sentenced Rich-ard Baumhammers to death for killing five people in a racially motivated shooting rampage.
In 2005, Actor Macaulay Culkin took the stand at Michael Jackson's trial to denounce the molestation allegations against the pop star as "absolutely ridiculous."
In the world
In 1944, Allied forces launched a major offensive against German lines in Italy.
In 1946, the first CARE packages arrived in Europe, at Le Havre, France.
In 1949, Israel was admitted to the United Nations as the world body's 59th member.
In 1985, 55 people died when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
In 2005, shouting "Death to America!" more than 1,000 demonstrators rioted and threw stones at a U.S. military convoy in Afghanistan, as protests spread over a Newsweek report that interrogators had desecrated Islam's holy book at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. (Newsweek later apologized for what it termed errors in the article.)