In 1921, the road to the Mendenhall Glacier was completed, making it the most accessible glacier in Alaska.
In 1959, a group of dancers from Point Hope visited Anchorage for the first time and danced at the Alaska Crippled Childrens' Association "Gilded Cage" benefit.
In 1969, the tapping of Long Lake for the Snettisham Power Project near Juneau was completed. A dam to raise the level of the lake remained to be built.
In 1972, the Ketchikan International Airport was officially dedicated. Including a 7,500-foot runway, the costs topped $12 million.
In the nation
In 1735, a jury acquitted John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of seditious libel.
In 1790, the Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.
In 1830, plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.
In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.
In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.
In 1977, President Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.
In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.
In the world
In 1792, romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Field Place, England.
In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality.
In 1916, the United States purchased the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.
In 1944, Nazi police raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested eight people - including 15-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became a famous account of the Holocaust. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen.