In 1969, the world's largest authentic totem pole, a 132-foot shaft of Alaska red cedar, was dedicated at Port Chilkoot, near Haines.
In 1970, bankruptcy proceedings threatened to put the city of Kenai in fear of a winter breakdown of its electrical facilities.
In 1974, Alaskans voted to move the state capital from Juneau to an as-yet-to-be-selected location. The site eventually selected was Willow, north of Anchorage. The vote to fund moving the capital failed in 1982.
In the nation
In 1892, fire seriously damaged New York's original Metropolitan Opera House.
In 1894, Congress passed the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which contained a provision for a graduated income tax that was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
In 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.
In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner II space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.
In 1994, the State Department said the United States and Cuba had agreed to resume talks on Cuban migration with the hope of stemming the flow of refugees headed toward Florida.
In 1999, the Federal Communications Commission announced new government wiretapping rules intended to help law enforcement authorities keep pace with advances in phone technology. However, a federal appeals court later threw out some of the new rules, citing privacy concerns.
In 2003, a granite monument of the Ten Commandments, one that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state, was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building as protesters knelt, prayed and chanted, "Put it back!"
In the world
In 1770, German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up. The resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.
In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.
In 1945, American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in World War II.
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