In 1794, Captain George Vancouver sailed from Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska after completing his surveys in Alaska.
In 1932, the German flying boat Groenland-Wal landed in Juneau on an around-the-world flight.
In 1960, for the second time in half a century, volcanic activity at Mount Katmai National Monument on the Alaska Peninsula showered ash as far as a hundred miles away.
In the nation
In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.
In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.
In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.
In 1989, Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
In 1998, President Clinton, in his Saturday radio address, announced he had signed an executive order putting Osama bin Laden's Islamic Army and two of his main lieutenants on a list of terrorist groups.
In 2002, President Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone areas.
In the world
In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.
In 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.
In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.