In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1902, Felix Pedro discovered gold on Cleary Creek, touching off a stampede that resulted in the founding of Fairbanks.
In 1923, President Warren G. Harding spent the day in Sitka.
In 1954, the Bureau of Land Management held a drawing to determine the priority for assigning oil leases in the Cold Bay and Wild Bay areas of the Alaska Peninsula. Two hundred and eighty-seven applications were submitted.
In 1968, the village of Tyonek offered to sell electric power to the city of Kenai to help them with their electricity shortage.
In the nation
In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
In 1796, Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
In 1934, a man identified as bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
In 1937, the Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.
In 2003, months after her prisoner-of-war ordeal, Pfc. Jessica Lynch returned home to a hero's welcome in Elizabeth, W.Va.
In the world
In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world as he returned to New York's Floyd Bennett Field after traveling for 7 days, 18¾ hours.
In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp.
In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II.
In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.