In 1949, Seattle's Elk Lodge No. 92 announced plans to adopt the Territorial School at Ninilchik by providing the school with books, films, toys, games and clothing.
In 1954, three former crew members of a seine boat that operated in Southeast Alaska were arrested in Cordova and California for attempting to bribe a U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent.
In 1978, SOHIO officials complained that Alaska's high taxes may force them to limit development in the state.
In the nation
In 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Mich.
In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played, at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The American League defeated the National League, 4-2.
In 1944, 169 people died in a fire that broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn.
In 1945, President Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
In 1989, the U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
In 1994, 14 firefighters were killed while battling a several-days-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado. President Clinton stopped by Latvia, then traveled to Poland as part of a four-nation European tour.
In the world
In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for treason.
In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.
In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
In 1967, the Biafran War erupted. The war, which lasted 2 1/2 years, claimed some 600,000 lives.
In 1999, Ehud Barak took office as prime minister of Israel, pledging to seek peace with neighboring Arab countries.
In 2003, Liberian leader Charles Taylor accepted an offer of asylum in Nigeria. Roger Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title, defeating Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the Wimbledon final.