In 1903, Ralph Rivers, Alaska's first voting representative, was born. He served in the U.S. House from 1959 until 1966.
In 1933, the Juneau City Council decided to switch to Daylight Savings Time for the first time since World War I.
In 1963, two Swedish pilots completed the first round-trip voyage over the North Pole in a single-engine Piper Comanche, reaching Stockholm, Sweden, 30 hours after departing Anchorage.
In 1984, mountaineers made the first live radio broadcast from the summit of Mount McKinley.
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In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought!" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line.
In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened to traffic.
In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora Seven.
In 1995, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call-girl ring that catered to the rich and famous.
In 2000, gunmen killed five people in a robbery attempt at a Wendy's restaurant in the New York borough of Queens.