In 1939, Echo Cove Gold Mining Co. incorporated with plans to develop the old Winter and Pond claim in Berners Bay, north of Juneau.
In 1968, Lake George, the largest of 54 self-dumping lakes in Alaska and Canada, was officially dedicated as a national landmark. The 15-mile-long lake is 44 miles east of Anchorage. (A self-dumping lake is temporarily formed by glacial movement, dumping its winter collection of water in the spring/summer.)
In 1969, Alaska Highway 1 was designated the Bluestar Memorial Highway by Gov. Keith Miller.
In the nation
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin became Postmaster General.
In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1908, U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order creating an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI.
In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In 1952, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; John J. Sparkman was nominated for vice president.
In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida.
In 1990, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 1995, the Senate voted 69-29 to unilaterally lift the U.N. embargo on arms shipments to Bosnia.
In 2000, George W. Bush and his just-chosen running mate, Dick Cheney, set out on their first campaign excursion together as they visited Cheney's former hometown of Casper, Wyo. A federal judge in New York approved a $1.25 billion settlement between Swiss banks and more than a half million plaintiffs who alleged the banks had hoarded money deposited by Holocaust victims.