In 1913, the First Territorial Bank of Alaska opened in Douglas.
In 1959, Wrangell sought state help in finding a doctor for the town after their only doctor fell ill and could not practice.
In the nation
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."
In 1830, Charles Durant flew a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy, N.J.
In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.
In 1926, the National Broadcasting Co. was created by the Radio Corp. of America.
In 1957, President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.
In 2000, President Clinton proposed spending about $1.6 billion to help communities recover from recent Western wildfires.
In 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualified as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region.
In the world
In 1943, Allied forces landed at Salerno and Taranto during World War II.
In 1948, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was created.
In 1993, PLO leaders and Israel agreed to recognize each other, clearing the way for a peace accord.
In 1995, Bosnian Serbs blamed U.N. forces for a shell that killed 10 people at a Bosnian Serb hospital the day before.
In 1997, Sinn Fein, the IRA's political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland's future.
In 2004, a powerful car bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 10 people.
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