In 1924, the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. cannery at Wrangell was destroyed by fire.
In 1939, state authorities ordered all public gatherings suspended at the Matanuska Colony because of a measles epidemic.
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 1944, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
In 1956, 51 people died when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast.
In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war.
In 1999, the Woodstock '99 music festival in Rome, New York, ended in fires and looting.
In 2003, President Bush ordered U.S. troops into position off the coast of Liberia to support the arrival of a West African peacekeeping force, as renewed violence in the capital brought despairing pleas for American help.