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In 1867, the Alaska Purchase was passed by the U.S. Senate.
In 1900, Congress passed an act establishing the Washington-Alaska Military Cable for telegraphic communication.
In 1929, the steamer Aleutian, flagship of the Alaska Steamship Co., wrecked off Kodiak Island, killing one.
In 1956, the Coliseum Theatre and Redman Building in Ketchikan were destroyed by fire.
In the nation
In 1865, arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on all remaining charges.
In 1913, Actors' Equity Association was organized.
In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
In 2000, Barry Grunow, 35, an English teacher at Lake Worth Community Middle School in Florida, was shot to death by Nathaniel Brazill, a seventh grader, after the teacher refused to let him talk with two girls in his classroom. (Brazill was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a 28-year sentence.)
In the world
In 1521, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.
In 1805, 200 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan.
In 1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.
In 1991, a Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard.