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In 1948, one hundred sets of "squeezers" - dice rigged to favor certain combinations - were seized in a gambling raid near Ladd Field, Fairbanks.
In 1954, in an unusual sighting, a huge school of albacore tuna, warm water fish, were sighted 80 miles southwest of Yakutat. A special fishing period on the Nushagak River was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide for needy residents.
In 1959, the cornerstone was laid for the first academic building of Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, now Alaska Pacific University.
In the nation
In 1854, George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, was born in Waterville, N.Y.
In 1862, Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
In 1948, the Democratic national convention opened in Philadelphia.
In 1972, George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.
In 1974, John Ehrlichman, an ex-aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist.
In 1977, President Carter defended Supreme Court decisions limiting government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair."
In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he'd chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.
In 1999, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders held their first face-to-face budget meeting of the year. The talk was described afterward as positive.
In 2003, the USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va. Jazz great Benny Carter died at age 95.
In the world
In 100 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was born.