This Day in History

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1909, Walter E. Clark was appointed the seventh and last governor of the District of Alaska by President William Taft. In 1912, he became governor of the territory of Alaska.

• In 1949, an ice jam caused the Yukon River to flood, marooning 182 people overnight on a small knoll near Fort Yukon.

• In 1963, two Swedish pilots completed the first voyage over the North Pole in a single-engine Piper Comanche, flying from Stockholm to Anchorage.

• In 1986, voters approved the Northwest Arctic Borough.

In the nation

• In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.

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