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In 1949, a Reclamation Bureau report to President Harry Truman claimed it was quite conceivable that unless a development plan was made for Alaska, its resources might be divided among the people of the world by the United Nations.
In 1958, the rain-swollen Matanuska River inundated thousands of acres in the Big Valley area between Palmer and Eklutna.
In 1970, the trial of Teamsters Union official Jesse Carr on a charge of embezzlement began.
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In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.
In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.
In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber.
In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.