In 1887, a burro pack train, the first in Alaska, made its first trip to Silver Bow Basin near Juneau to bring out gold ore.
In 1939, two Army helicopters set an unofficial altitude record by landing on and taking off from Mt. Sanford, 16,237 feet high.
In 1988, a group of 82 natives, politicians, and members of the press made the 45-minute flight from Nome to Provideniya on Friendship Flight One. The flight across the Bering Strait to Siberia was to establish family ties and open up the gateway for a regular flight for tourists.
In the nation
In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.
In 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.
In 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1971, The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam.
In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison.
In 1983, the U.S. space probe "Pioneer Ten," launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
In 1998, civil rights leaders and politicians called for an end to racial violence as hundreds of mourners gathered in Jasper, Texas, for the funeral of James Byrd Jr., a black man who was brutally killed by white supremacists. President Clinton visited Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., where two students were killed and 22 others wounded the previous month.
In 2002, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops held an extraordinary closed-door meeting in Dallas on the sex scandal that had shaken the church as they crafted a plan for a zero-tolerance policy for pedophile priests.
In the world
In 1900, China's Boxer Rebellion targeting foreigners, as well as Chinese Christians, erupted into full-scale violence.
In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.