In 1775, Capt. Hecata found Bucareli Bay near Craig.
In 1826, Sir John Franklin "discovered" Prudhoe Bay.
In 1884, the USS Pinta arrived in Sitka, where she was to be stationed for the next 13 years.
In 1919, Walter Hickel, Alaska's governor from 1966 to 1969 and 1990 to 1994, was born.
In 1959, the North Star Creamery Plant in Anchorage began operation.
In 1979, Joe Reddington Sr., Susan Butcher, and their pilot Vern Lawton were found safe after their plane went down two days before, 90 miles west of McGrath.
In 1979, the Dempster Highway, from Dawson, in Canada's Yukon, to Inuvik, in Canada's Northwest Territory, was officially opened for public traffic.
In the nation
In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C.
In 1846, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.
In 1914, President Wilson issued his "Proclamation of Neutrality," aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada in northern New York.
In 1954, during the Eisenhower administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black official to attend a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.
In 1963, James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
In 1982, for the first time, volume on the New York Stock exchange topped the 100 million level as 132.69 million shares were traded.
In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than $1 billion worth of damage.
In 1995, Shannon Faulkner, who'd won a 2 1/2-year legal battle to become the first female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary.
In 2000, fresh from the Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise to stir excitement for their freshly launched White House campaign.
In the world
In 1958, the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was published.
In 2004, in Athens, Paul Hamm won the men's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever in the event; controversy followed after it was discovered a scoring error might have cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the title.