This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• 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 its 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 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

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