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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.
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In 1790, the District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.
In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States 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.
In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.
In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Detroit.