In 1900, the Act of June 6, 1900, providing for a Civil Code for Alaska, amending the Organic Act of 1884, which established the seat of government for the District of Alaska at Juneau.
In 1912, Mount Katmai on the Alaska Peninsula erupted, covering Kodiak and a number of smaller villages with ashes.
In 1914, a government survey party arrived at Ship Creek to begin a survey for a railroad to Fairbanks.
In 1947, Barbara Washburn became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount McKinley.
In 1970, an Alaska Airlines 707 jet departed for Khabarovsk on the airline's inaugural Siberian tour.
In the nation
In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.
In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, N.J.
In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established.
In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.
In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.
In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.
In 1999, the space shuttle Discovery returned from a 10-day mission that included a visit to the international space station. At the Tony Awards, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" was named best revival; "Side Man" won best play; "Fosse" was awarded best musical.
In 2003, the government reported the U.S. unemployment rate had hit a nine-year high of 6.1 percent the previous month. Already the holder of U.S. rights to the Olympics through 2008, NBC secured the contracts for the 2010 and 2012 games for $2.2 billion.
In the world
In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London.
In 1918, the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, which resulted in a U.S. victory over the Germans, began in France.
In 1942, Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway.
In 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.
In 1984, government forces in India stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in an effort to crush Sikh extremists. At least 1,000 Sikhs and 200 soldiers were killed.
In 1994, President Clinton joined leaders from America's World War II allies to mark the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. A Chinese passenger jet crashed, killing all 160 people on board.