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In 1904, Nome police chief Charles Jewett was suspended from his post, accused of accepting bribes from arrestees and "fallen women without due process of law." He was reinstated after 30 minutes.
In 1907, the Tongass National Forest was established.
In 1918, the "golden spike" was driven in the railroad that connected Seward and Anchorage.
In 1949, the director of the Boston Museum proposed installing a cosmic ray laboratory at the 18,000-foot Denali Pass on Mount McKinley.
In 1959, the Kenai Unit No. 1 well, a joint venture between Union Oil Co. and Ohio Oil Co., set a new Alaska record depth of 14,415 feet. The previous record had been held by Humble Oil Co.
In 1969, Alaska's oil lease sale pumped nine hundred million dollars into Alaska's economy as 179 tracts of potentially oil-rich North Slope lands were leased. Former State Attorney General Edgar Paul Boyko filed suit to stop the awarding of 33 of the 179 state oil-lease tracts.
In the nation
In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
In 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
In 1907, 100 years ago, the first Neiman Marcus department store opened in Dallas.
In 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.
In 1987, Pope John Paul II arrived in Miami, where he was welcomed by President Reagan as he began a 10-day tour of the United States.
In 1997, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy pleaded not-guilty to charges of accepting $35,000 in sports tickets, travel and lodging from companies regulated by the Agriculture Department. (He was later acquitted.)