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In 1882, construction started at 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.
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In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly on a U.S. spaceship.
In 1997, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jesse Helms, exercising iron control, prevented any committee hearing on William Weld's nomination to be ambassador to Mexico.
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