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In 1869, former Secretary of State William H. Seward arrived in Sitka on his Alaska visit.
In 1939, the Anchorage Women's Club announced that high-heeled shoes would be banned from the city lawn and the Strawberry Festival.
In 1969, the first sea otter moved from Amchitka Island in the Aleutians arrived at its new home on the Washington coast. The otters were being moved because of pending nuclear tests.
In 1973, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 356-60 for immediate construction of the 798-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
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In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
In 1790, the enumeration for the first United States census began; the final total was 3,929,214.
In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.
In 1927, four years after becoming president, Calvin Coolidge issued a statement to reporters: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928."
In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.
In 2002, a federal judge ruled the U.S. government had to reveal the names of people detained in the investigation of the 9-11 terrorist attacks; an appeals court later sided with federal authorities.
In 2006, five days after being pulled over by police, actor-director Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and having an open container of liquor in his car. (Gibson later pleaded no contest to drunken driving under a deal in which he received three years' probation, paid a fine and agreed to attend alcohol rehabilitation classes.)