In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1900, Juneau voters approved incorporation as a first-class, home-rule city by a vote of 61 to 19.
In 1949, the Alaska Board of Administration froze more than $5 million of territorial appropriations indefinitely due to lack of funds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that male fur seals have more Vitamin A in their livers than female fur seals.
In 1967, an earthquake measuring 6.8 jolted the city of Fairbanks. More than 2,000 smaller earthquakes were recorded in the 24-hour period that followed.
In the nation
In 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
In 1834, Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
In 1907, American newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps founded the United Press Associations, a forerunner of United Press International.
In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was robbed!"
In 1948, the Republican national convention opened in Philadelphia. (The delegates ended up choosing Thomas E. Dewey to be their presidential nominee.)
In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.
In 1973, the Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according.
In 1982, a jury in Washington, D.C., found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men.