In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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 states.
In the nation
In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, taking the oath of office following the death of President Zachary Taylor.
In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
In 1908, William Jennings Bryan was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
In 1919, President Woodrow 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 1978, ABC-TV launched its reformatted evening newscast, "World News Tonight," with anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.
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.
In 1998, the Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they'd been molested by a priest.
In 2003, astronomers announced they had found the oldest and most distant planet yet, a huge, gaseous sphere 13 billion years old and 5,600 light years away.
In 2007, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s. The American League defeated the National League 5-4 in the All-Star baseball game.
In the world
In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air.
In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
In 2003, during a visit to Botswana, President Bush pledged to the nation with the world's highest AIDS infection rate that it would have a strong partner in his administration in fighting the disease. Spain opened its first mosque in 500 years.
In 2007, China executed the former head of its food and drug agency for approving untested medicine in exchange for cash.