In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1921, the Douglas Island News published its final issue, then moved to Juneau as Stroller's Weekly.
In 1942, the U.S. Army activated the post at Big Delta with four officers and 74 enlisted men.
In 1949, the validity of Alaska's income tax law was affirmed in a court decision against the Alaska Steamship Co.
In 1969, Jacques Cousteau's oceanographic vessel, the Calypso, arrived in Anchorage to get ready for a six-week stay in Alaska waters to film in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
In the nation
In 1807, a grand jury in Richmond, Va., indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr on charges of treason and high misdemeanor (he was later acquitted).
In 1948, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president.
In 1968, "Resurrection City," a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C., was closed down by authorities.
In 1975, 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger - carrying America's first woman in space, Sally K. Ride - coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1998, President Clinton left on a nine-day visit to China amid a swirl of controversy over his policy toward the Beijing government. AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable TV giant Tele-Communications for $31.7 billion.
In the world
In 1314, the forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.
In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted.
In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.
In 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the massive Berlin Airlift.
In 2003, six British soldiers were killed by Iraqis in a police station in southern Iraq and eight were wounded in a nearby ambush. President Vladimir Putin arrived in London on the first state visit to Britain by a Russian leader since the 19th century. An Air France Concorde bound for a German museum landed in Germany.
In 2007, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali," and two other ex-officials in Saddam's were sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for slaughtering up to 180,000 Kurdish men, women and children two decades earlier.