In 1741, Vitus Bering made his first landfall in Alaska on Kayak Island.
In 1934, two Army observation planes made the first landing on the airfield in Juneau.
In 1937, the Coast Guard Cutter Haida arrived at Juneau to take permanent station.
In 1946, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management was established.
In 1969, Anchorage area residents watched live television coverage of the launch of Apollo 11, through a mobile satellite ground station installed for the occasion by the Department of Defense.
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In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.
In 1951, the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger was first published.