In 1882, construction started on the first building on the campus of the Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka.
In 1900, a storm in Nome caused a million dollars in property losses along the waterfront.
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 1969, Valdez celebrated as the Alaska Maru arrived with the first shipment of Trans-Alaska Pipeline pipe from Japan.
In the nation
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time, near Trier.
In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed the issue of his Roman Catholicism, telling a Protestant group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."
In 1986, Joseph Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped; he was released in December 1991.
In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary, defeating little-known opponent Dr. Mark McMahon.
In 2004, U.S. Airways Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. Ten people were killed in an apartment fire just outside Columbus, Ohio.
In the world
In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.
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 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 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Jamaica, killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at up to $1 billion.
In 1995, the Belarussian military shot down a hydrogen balloon during an international race, killing its two American pilots, John Stuart-Jervis and Alan Fraenckel.
In 2000, a series of clashes between police and protesters marred a generally peaceful second day of the three-day Asia-Pacific Economic Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Dutch lawmakers gave same-sex couples the right to marriage and all the trappings, including adoption and divorce.