In 1898, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, gambler and character of ill-repute, was shot. He died in Skagway.
In 1923, President Warren G. Harding arrived in Ketchikan on his Alaska tour.
In 1937, radio telephone service between Juneau and the Lower 48 was inaugurated by the Alaska Communications System.
In 1949, the Federal Communications Commission granted a "license to broadcast" to the Alaska Broadcasting Company to operate radio station KIFW-AM in Sitka at 1,230 KHz.
In 1949, photographer Ansel Adams passed through Juneau following a photographic expedition to Glacier Bay.
In 1963, groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the site of the Federal Building in Juneau.
In the nation
In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
In 1889, the Wall Street Journal was first published.
In 1919, President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
In 1975, President Ford announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976.
In 1993, a jury in Boise, Idaho, acquitted white separatist Randy Weaver and a co-defendant of slaying a federal marshal in a shoot-out at a remote mountain cabin.
In 1995, Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu was arrested in China and charged with obtaining state secrets (he was later convicted of espionage and deported). A deadly heat wave began in the nation's midsection; it claimed more than 800 lives, more than half of them in Illinois.
In 2000, Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first black women's champion at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957-58. The Pentagon's missile defense project suffered its latest setback when a rocket that had taken off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific failed to intercept a target missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.