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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 his visit of potential trouble spots along the route of the planned Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
In 1989, in the Yukon Territory, today is known as Discovery Day.
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 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations.
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, five months after he'd signed the Hawaiian statehood bill.
In 1996, President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, aimed at making health insurance easier to obtain and keep.
In 2001, Robert Tools, the first person to receive a self-contained artificial heart, was introduced to the public at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., through a video link from his doctor's office. Federal authorities working with McDonald's announced they'd broken up a criminal ring that allegedly rigged the popular "Monopoly" and "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" games played by millions of the fast-food chain's customers over the previous six years.
In the world
In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.)
In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin.
In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.
In 1986, more than 1,700 people died when toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake in the West African nation of Cameroon.
In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne.