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In 1909, the U.S. Wireless Station in Juneau began providing round-the-clock information on the positions of Alaska vessels.
In 1912, the bill providing for a territorial government for the District of Alaska passed the U.S. Senate.
In 1959, the U.S. Air Force honored famed bush pilot Don Sheldon by awarding him its highest civilian award - The Exceptional Service Award - for his work in numerous search and rescue missions.
In 1969, Atlantic Richfield, BP Oil Corp., and Humble Pipeline Co. announced plans to investigate the feasibility of constructing a large-diameter, 2,600-mile pipeline to carry Alaska oil from Puget Sound to the eastern seaboard. An Anchorage man left $2,745 at the Anchorage International Airport. The entire amount was later found and returned.
In the nation
In 1862, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
In 1929, President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.
In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case."