In 1882, construction started on the first building on the campus of the Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka.
In 1940, artist Sydney Laurence announced he was going to die. After a shave, haircut and a negotiation of a painting deal, he admitted himself to the Anchorage Hospital and fulfilled his prediction.
In the nation
In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.
In 1880, author and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.
In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
In 1993, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral on a 10-day mission.
In 1998, the White House responded to Kenneth Starr's graphic report on President Clinton by calling it a "hit-and-run smear campaign." Leaders of striking pilots at Northwest Airlines ratified a new contract, ending a walkout that began Aug. 28. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season.
In the world
In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.
In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time, near Trier.
In 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military, after ruling for 58 years.
In 1977, South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.
In 1983, the Soviet Union vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution deploring the shooting-down of a Korean jetliner by a Soviet jet fighter on Sept. 1.
In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Jamaica, killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at up to $1 billion.