In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1929, Alaska Washington Airways initiated fly-in fishing service by taking a group to Hasselborg Lake on Admiralty Island.
In 1939, a fire consumed the Haines Power Plant, Post Office and a theater. The Chilkoot Barracks provided emergency electric power to Haines.
In the nation
In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va.
In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
In 1944, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
In 1977, a flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing more than 80 people and causing $350 million in damage.
In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta.
In 1998, a smoky fire broke out aboard the cruise ship Ecstasy just 2 miles from the Florida shore, forcing the ship's return to port.
In 2003, President Bush welcomed Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi to his Texas ranch for a two-day visit.
In 2007, President Bush signed an executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.
In the world
In 1810, Colombia declared independence from Spain.
In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province.
In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader.
In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon as they stepped out of their lunar module.
In 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
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