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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 his visit of potential trouble spots along the route of the planned trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
In 1989, Yukon Territory celebrated its first Discovery Day.
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In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New York, arriving about 30 hours later.
In 1831, former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia. (He was later executed.)
In 1858, the first of the famous debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.
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 1987, Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB. (Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison.)