In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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, In the Yukon Territory, today is known as Discovery Day.
In the nation
In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.
In 1831, former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia. (He was later executed.)
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 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state as President Eisenhower signed an executive order, five months after he'd signed the Hawaiian statehood bill.
In 1998, Samuel H. Bowers, a 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in Hattiesburg, Miss., of ordering a 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer. (Bowers died in prison in November 2006 at age 82.)
In 2003, Alabama's top judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, refused to back down in his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument and lashed out at his colleagues who'd ordered it removed from the rotunda of the state judicial building. Palestinian militants abandoned a two-month-old truce after Israel killed a Hamas leader in a missile attack.