In 1953, the military port of Whittier was virtually destroyed by a $20 million fire.
In 1959, voters in Spenard and parts of Mountain View voted for annexation by the city of Anchorage.
In 1964, voters in the proposed Chilkat Borough in the Haines area defeated incorporation overwhelmingly, 154-22. A dead whale was found near Sitka carrying a Russian made radio-harpoon. A spokesman for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries said there was no cause for alarm, as the device was undoubtedly a new type of gear used by the Russian whaling fleet.
In 1974, Gov. William Egan sent a telegram to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger protesting the latest incident of fisheries treaty violations by a Japanese gillnet vessel that was sighted illegally salmon fishing.
In the nation
In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston. The battle, which actually occurred on Breed's Hill, was a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses while dislodging the rebels.
In 1972, President Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington D.C.'s Watergate complex.
In 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted in a criminal trial, but held liable in a civil trial.
In the world
In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales - the first by a woman.
In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.