In 1979, Susan Butcher and Joe Reddington reached the 17,200-foot level in their attempt to be the first to mush sled dogs to the top of 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley.
In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Alaska Statehood Bill by a vote of 208 to 166.
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In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.
In 1867, the Alaska Purchase was ratified by President Andrew Johnson.
In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.
In 1929, the first all-color talking picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, D.C., signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the new Golden Gate Bridge.
In 1984, President Reagan led a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unidentified soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The remains were later identified as those of Air Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie.
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