In Alaska and in the Nation
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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 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.
In 1939, trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.
In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
In 1996, the Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.