In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1924, the Alaska Sanitary Packing Co. Cannery in 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 of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.
In 1868, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
In 1946, the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, in the first underwater test of the device.
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 1997, Autumn Jackson, the young woman who claimed to be Bill Cosby's out-of-wedlock daughter, was convicted by a federal jury in New York of trying to extort $40 million from the entertainer.
In 2002, encouraged by a tapping sound coming up from the depths, rescuers in Somerset, Pa., brought in a huge drill in a race to save nine coal miners trapped 240 feet underground by a flooded shaft. Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.
In 2006, President Bush was visited at the White House by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said he and Bush agreed that training and better arming Iraqi forces as quickly as possible was central to efforts to stabilizing his country.
In the world
In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by Victor Emmanuel III, and placed under arrest. (However, Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis, and reasserted his authority.)
In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
In 1957, Tunisia became a republic.