In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1884, the first Alaska Organic Act was approved, creating a district government for the northern possession.
In 1906, U.S. Congress passed the Native Allotment Act.
In 1927, pilot Ed Young flew the first air mail plane from Anchorage to Nome.
In 1945, the first long-distance call from Fairbanks was made.
In 1949, President Harry Truman put the Alaska Statehood Bill in his "Top 10" priority list.
In the nation
In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its origins as a group of brokers met under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.
In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides.
In 1937, Teddy Hill and His Orchestra recorded "King Porter Stomp" for RCA Records in New York; one of the featured musicians was a newcomer, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1938, Congress passed the Second Vinson Act, providing for a strengthened U.S. Navy.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, which found that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.
In 1973, the Senate began its televised hearings into the Watergate scandal.
In 1980, rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa, Fla., acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
In 1997, Silver Charm won the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. (However, Silver Charm failed to win the Belmont Stakes.)
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter ended a historic visit to Cuba sharply at odds with the Bush administration over how to deal with Fidel Castro, saying limits on tourism and trade often hurt Americans more than Cubans.
In 2006, the FBI began digging at a Michigan horse farm in search of the remains of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa; the two-week search yielded no evidence.
In the world
In 1939, Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec on the first visit to Canada by reigning British sovereigns.
In 1940, the Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II. In 1946, President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying but not preventing a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
In 1987, 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq and the U.S. called the attack a mistake.)
In 1997, rebel leader Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire. Russia's Mir space station got a new oxygen generator and a fresh American astronaut, courtesy of the space shuttle Atlantis.