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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.
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In 1735, a jury acquitted John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of seditious libel.
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 U.S. Department of Energy.
In 1996, in the final day of the Atlanta Olympics, Josia Thugwane became the first black South African to win a gold medal as he finished first in the marathon; the U.S. women's basketball team defeated Brazil 111-87 to win the gold.