In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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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 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it was the first time a president's child was born in the executive mansion.
In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company was incorporated by the Radio Corporation of America.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1957, President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
In 1967, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" aired as a one-time special on NBC; its success led to a regular series beginning in January 1968.
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 2006, third-seeded Maria Sharapova beat Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4 to win the U.S. Open. The Detroit Shock won their second WNBA championship in four years, beating the defending champion Sacramento Monarchs 80-75 in Game 5.
In the world
In 1948, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea was created.
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 2002, Iraq challenged the United States to produce "one piece of evidence" that it was producing weapons of mass destruction. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Security Council must be allowed to have its say on a possible attack against Iraq. An express train traveling from Calcutta to New Delhi, India, derailed, killing at least 118 people.
In 2006, after two frustrating weeks of delays, space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts blasted off on a 12-day mission to install a big new piece of the international space station. The Chinese movie "Still Life" won the top award at the Venice Film Festival.