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In 1971, in the worst single plane accident in the history of American aviation at that time, an Alaska Airlines 727 jet crashed 1,000 feet below the summit of a 3,500-foot mountain 21 miles west of Juneau.
In the nation
In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.
In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered his trademark: Kodak.
In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.
In the world
In 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess.
In 1917, the American expeditionary force in France suffered its first fatalities in World War I.