In 1938, Steve Cowper, the seventh governor of Alaska, was born in Petersburg, Va.
In 1954, the Lost River Mine near Seward delivered the largest shipment of tin ever taken from a U.S. mine when 183 tons were unloaded in Seattle.
In 1970, Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel continued visiting potential trouble spots along the route of the planned trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
In the nation
In 1831, former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia. (He was later executed.)
In 1858, the famous debates between senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas began.
In 1878, the American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
In 1945, President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II.
In 1959, President Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.