In 1958, Clear was picked as the location of a Missile Detection Station.
In 1970, Sheffield Enterprises announced it would take over operation of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau. Bill Sheffield later became Governor in 1982.
In 1979, some 60,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a 5-inch crack in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline contaminating 30 miles of the Atigun River.
In the nation
In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.
In 1919, "Sir Barton" won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.
In 1977, "Seattle Slew" won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
In 1978, Joseph Freeman Jr. became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
In 1993, the Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also ruled religious groups have a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in worship services. The Steven Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park" opened.
In 1998, Mitsubishi Motors agreed to pay $34 million to settle allegations that women on the assembly line at its Illinois factory were groped and insulted and that managers did nothing to stop it.
In the world
In 1509, England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.
In 1963, Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
In 1970, the United States presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base.
In 1977, a 20-day hostage drama in the Netherlands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and a school held by South Moluccan extremists. Six gunmen and two hostages on the train were killed.
In 1993, United Nations forces launched a nighttime attack against the forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
In 2002, Congressional investigators released a report which said Clinton administration workers had defaced equipment and left behind prank messages as they departed the White House in January 2001; but the investigators failed to uncover the widespread problems alleged by some Republicans.