In 1848, John G. Brady, the fifth governor of the district of Alaska, was born in New York City.
In 1949, Father Bernard Hubbard, "The Glacier Priest," received the First Annual Globetrotter Award from the World Geographical Society for his film, "Trailer Tour of Alaska."
In the nation
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1844, the first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appeared in the Baltimore Patriot.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1961, President Kennedy asked the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
In 1968, the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated.
In 1979, 275 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
In 2000, the government proposed a rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles are to rolling over.
In 2004, the Boston Archdiocese said it would close 65 of 357 parishes, an offshoot of the clergy sex abuse scandal.