In 1741, Alexei Chirikof, with the Vitus Bering expedition, sighted land, marking the discovery of Alaska by colonial explorers.
In 1923, President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike at Nenana, marking completion of the Alaska Railroad.
In 1959, a California aircraft engineer proposed building a hole in Mt. McKinley to make a "gun barrel for launching space vehicles."
In the nation
In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state readmitted to the Union.
In 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products, was founded in Seattle.
In 1971, in a surprise announcement, President Nixon told the nation he would visit the People's Republic of China.
In 2002, John Walker Lindh, an American who had fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to two felonies in a deal sparing him life in prison.