In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt approved the first Alaska game law.
In 1924, American Indians were finally declared citizens of the United States under the Indian Citizenship Act, passed by Congress.
In 1939, The contract to pave the Alaska portion of the Haines Highway was awarded to Lytle and Green Construction.
In 1959, The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that construction would start in Unalakeet on the first high school to be operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a native village in Alaska.
In 1986, The Northwest Arctic Borough was incorporated, detaching 3,298 acres of territory - including the Red Dog Zinc Mine - from the North Slope Borough.
In the nation
In 1851, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
In 1886, President Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.
In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."
In 1924, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
In 1941, Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
In 1942, The Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor.
In 1966, The U.S. space probe "Surveyor 1" landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.
In 1987, President Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing.
In 1998, Voters in California passed Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English. Monica Lewinsky hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.
In 2002, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" won six Tony Awards, including best musical. American journalist and columnist Flora Lewis died in Paris at age 79.
In the world
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
In 1993, South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve any of her five-year prison term.
In 2002, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered Cabinet posts to militant groups as part of a government reshuffle. A fire broke out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and marring the four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50 years on the throne.