In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1882, Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks, after whom Fairbanks was named, was born in Ohio.
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, American Army troops landed on Attu Island, beginning a fierce battle to recapture the island from the Japanese.
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 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland.
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 1998, Attorney General Janet Reno requested an independent counsel to investigate Labor Secretary Alexis Herman for alleged influence-peddling and solicitation of illegal campaign contributions. Herman was later cleared.
In 2003, the United States declared Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's Baath Party dead.