In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1867, President Andrew Johnson ratified the Alaska Purchase.
In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Alaska Statehood Bill by a vote of 208 to 166.
In 1979, Susan Butcher and Joe Reddington reached 17,200 feet in their attempt to be the first to mush sled dogs to the top of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley.
In the nation
In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.
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 Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
In 1957, the National League gave permission for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
In 1997, in Denver, Timothy McVeigh's attorneys rested their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. President Clinton paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan with a speech in the Netherlands in which he urged leaders to revive economies in the former Soviet bloc.
In 2002, NBC announced that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of its "Nightly News" after the 2004 presidential election.
In 2006, Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run during the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies to slip past Babe Ruth and pull in right behind Hank Aaron's long-standing record of 755. Sam Hornish Jr. won the second-closest Indianapolis 500 ever.
In the world
In 1533, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
In 1937, Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of England.
In 2002, NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance. President Bush, in a one-on-one meeting inside the Vatican, told Pope John Paul II he was concerned about the Roman Catholic church's standing in America because of a sex-abuse scandal.