In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
In 1886, gold was discovered on the Forty-Mile.
In 1910, an early morning fire destroyed several business buildings in Petersburg.
In 1947, the first Golden North Salmon Derby was established by the Juneau Sportsmens' Association.
In 1952, the S.S. Princess Kathleen ran aground and sank 18 miles north of Juneau, eight miles from where the Princess Sophia went down in 1918.
In 1969, Alaska Airlines announced the acquisition of Alaska Co., a Denver-based firm with interests in 20,000 acres of federal land on the North Slope.
In 1979, the state of Alaska ran ads costing $110,000 in 32 metropolitan newspapers nationwide urging readers to "FREE ALASKA" and to oppose the Udall-Anderson D-2 lands bill.
In the nation
In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
In 1908, pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey was born in Lake Charles, La.
In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector."
In 1968, feminists protesting outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., tossed articles including cosmetics, girdles and bras into a trash can ostensibly for burning, although nothing was actually set on fire. (The winner of the pageant was Miss Illinois Judith Ford.)
In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.
In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and mortally wounded on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.
In the world
In 1807, Denmark surrendered to British forces that had bombarded Copenhagen for four days.
In 1907, the British liner RMS Lusitania set out from Liverpool, England, on its maiden voyage, arriving six days later in New York. (Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in 1915.)