In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1954, two pigeons were finally removed from the Juneau city library after taking two fast turns around the fiction section, stopping briefly at the periodicals before perching on a high light fixture. It took two police officers, a librarian and a length of rope to evict the birds.
In 1964, Fairbanks police seized $35,000 worth of marijuana and arrested two on charges of "possession of a narcotic."
In 1970, Alaska Airlines bought Alyeska Ski Corp.
In the nation
In 1892, the Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.
In 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a "quadricycle," through the streets of Detroit.
In 1947, the House of Representatives approved a House-Senate conference report on the Taft-Hartley Act.
In 1997, at the Oklahoma City bombing trial, prosecutors urged the jury to sentence Timothy McVeigh to death, calling relatives of the victims to testify about their agonizing loss.
In 2002, President Bush said the CIA and FBI had failed to communicate adequately before the Sept. 11 terror attacks; Congress began extraordinary closed-door hearings into intelligence lapses.
In the world
In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France.
In 1784, Elizabeth Thible became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon, over Lyon, France.
In 1878, the Ottoman Empire turned over control of Cyprus to the British.
In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.
In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam.
In 1979, Joe Clark of the Progressive Conservatives became the 16th prime minister of Canada.
In 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands, of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement.