In 1924, fire destroyed the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. Cannery in Wrangell.
In 1949, the Navy reported that natural gas in commercial quantities had been discovered near Point Barrow.
In the nation
In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named general of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank.
In 1868, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the first underwater test of the device.
In 2002, Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea.
In the world
In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
In 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty banning tests of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater.
In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first "test-tube baby," was born in Oldham, England.
In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war.