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In 1868, the American flag was raised over Fort Wrangell, formerly known as Fort Stikine and Fort Dionysius.
In 1940, crew of 25 workmen began construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage. In 1960, a memorial to the late Capt. M. Elmendorf was dedicated. Elmendorf was killed at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio while testing a new type of pursuit plane.
In 1942, Japanese troops occupied Attu Island at the end of the Aleutian chain.
In 1950, the Federal Bureau of Mines Station was completed on Juneau (Mayflower) Island.
In 1969, the ferry Tustumena docked at Anchorage. It was 58 feet longer than before, and had 40 percent more space for vehicles and passengers. The "Trusty Tusty" - or the "Rusty Tusty" - provides service to the Aleutian Islands, Seward, Kodiak and Prince William Sound ports.
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In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore the present-day Bluegrass State.
In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party's convention in Baltimore.
In 1972, the musical "Grease" opened on Broadway.
In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was dragged to his death behind a pickup in Jasper, Texas. (Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime; a third received life in prison.)