In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill authorizing the Department of the Interior to sell timber and mineral products from lands in Alaska reserved for educational purposes.
In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the Tongass Timber Bill.
In 1949, the U.S. Department of the Interior ruled that the Federal Government had control of Alaska's tidelands as long as Alaska remained a territory.
In 1959, two U.S. Air Force F-100 jet planes landed at Eielson Air Force Base, after having come 5,400 miles non-stop from England, in the first flight by jets over the North Pole. Just prior to landing, a moose had to be shoved off the runway.
In 1962, the Diocese of Fairbanks was established.
In 1979, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its special session after approving pay raises for state employees.
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In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.
In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who had landed in the United States were executed in Washington D.C. Two others received life imprisonment.
In 1945, President Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Miami Beach.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign - which he eventually did.
In 1974, President Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
In 1978, the United States launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.
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