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In 1867, the Alaska Purchase Treaty was proclaimed by President Andrew Johnson.
In 1884, the town of Bethel was named by Moravian missionaries who were establishing a mission there.
In 1940, the Pan American Airways flying boat Alaska Clipper arrived at Auke Bay near Juneau on the first official airmail flight from Seattle.
In 1959, the University of Alaska announced a $100,000 contract from the Atomic Energy Commission to conduct a biological study of the Ogotorok region of Alaska as part of the A.E.C.'s proposed harbor excavation project. The harbor was to be excavated using nuclear explosives.
In 1974, an early morning fire consumed the seventh floor of Juneau's Baranof Hotel. The most seriously injured was State Senator John Rader, who broke an arm and a leg escaping by a bedsheet.
In 1977, at 10:05 a.m., oil began to flow in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 48 inches in diameter and 798 miles long.