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In 1897, Carl Ben Eielson, Alaska pioneer aviator, was born.
In 1900, the Nome Daily News reported that a con artist disappeared after selling 60 $40 tickets to Seattle on a nonexistent steamer.
In 1907, the barge, Japan, carrying dynamite, blew up just south of Ketchikan with the loss of several lives.
In 1910, the weekly newspaper, The Iditarod Pioneer, began publication at the new mining camp on the Iditarod River.
In 1934, the permanent town of Anchorage was started on lots sold by the federal government.
In 1923, President Warren G. Harding arrived in Juneau on a visit to Alaska. He died shortly after returning to the Lower 48.
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In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, following the death of President Taylor.
In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
In 1919, President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1985, bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.