In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1868, Hiram Ketchum Jr. became the first collector of customs for Alaska.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve.
In 1938, the first scheduled Pan American air express flight from Seattle to Juneau landed at Auke Bay.
In 1959, Gov. William Egan took delivery of a new Lincoln sedan as the governor's official car. The midnight blue car replaced a 1953 Lincoln used by the last two governors of the territory.
In 1959, the first commercial jet flight landed in Anchorage as a Pan American Airways Boeing 707 enroute to Tokyo stopped for fuel.
In the nation
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.
In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
In 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself.
In 1998, Monica Lewinsky went before a grand jury for a second round of explicit testimony about her White House encounters with President Bill Clinton.
In 2003, the United States won the women's overall team gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, Calif.; Romania took the silver medal and Australia, the bronze.
In 2007, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama expressed irritation with the "Obama Girl" Web video, saying it had upset his daughters.
In the world
In 1988, eight British soldiers were killed by an Irish Republican Army land mine that destroyed a military bus near Omagh, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
In 1998, retaliating 13 days after the deadly embassy bombings in East Africa, U.S. forces launched cruise missile strikes against alleged terrorist camps in Afghanistan and what was described as a chemical plant in Sudan. Monica Lewinsky went before a grand jury for a second round of explicit testimony about her White House encounters with President Clinton.
In 2003, hundreds of thousands marched in Venezuela, demanding the recall of President Hugo Chavez.
In 2007, tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera as Hurricane Dean roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A roadside bomb killed the governor of the predominantly Shiite Muthanna province in Iraq.
In 2007, a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 exploded in a fireball at an airport gate in Okinawa seconds after all 157 passengers and eight crew had safely evacuated.
In 2007, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 87.
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