In 1880, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau left Sitka by canoe to search for gold. They were led to it near Juneau, the present-day capital city.
In 1881, the Reverend and Mrs. E.S. Willard arrived at the Portage on Lynn Canal to establish Haines Mission.
In 1898, Castle Hill in Sitka - now a state park - was reserved for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 1936, a one-hour limit on downtown parking was announced by Juneau Police Chief Roy Hoffman.
In 1959, a storm in Cook Inlet destroyed 25 percent of the set net fishing gear near Kenai and sank one drift boat. A record kill of 101 trophy brown bears was reported for the Kodiak Island area hunting season.
In 1968, the Atlantic Richfield Company announced that its recent oil discoveries at Prudhoe Bay and Sag River appeared to be the largest in North America.
In 1969, a Petroleum Job Training program for Alaskans was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
In 1940, the Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated President Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office.
In 1947, President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
In 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. Passenger Mary Jo Kopechne died.
In 1984, a gunman opened fire at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.
In 1995, opening statements were presented in the trial of Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman charged with drowning her two young sons. Senate Republicans opened a new round of Whitewater hearings.
In 2000, shrugging off a veto threat from President Clinton, the Senate voted 61-38 in favor of eliminating the so-called "marriage penalty" by cutting taxes for virtually every married couple. Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.) died in Atlanta at age 61.
In 2004, a spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.
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