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In 1942, a U.S. Army post was activated at Bethel with seven officers and 305 enlisted men.
In 1968, the $7 million state ferry Wickersham began its inaugural cruise from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Haines.
In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission moved 250 sea otters from Amchitka Island in preparation for a nuclear test.
In the nation
In 1870, the first section of the boardwalk at Atlantic City, N.J., was opened to the public.
In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
In 1950, President Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
In 1968, Chief U.S. Justice Earl Warren announced he was resigning.
In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
In 1977, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke pouring through the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn.
In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.