In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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 oil pipeline from Japan.
In the nation
In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name.
In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.
In 1958, the science-fiction movie "The Blob," starring Steve McQueen - billed as "Steven" - was released. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Cooper v. Aaron, unanimously ruled that Arkansas officials who were resisting public school desegregation orders could not disregard the high court's rulings.
In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."
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 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. Lindsay Davenport won the U.S. Open, defeating defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5.
In 2007, oil prices briefly topped a record $80 a barrel.
In the world
In 1918, during World War I, U.S. forces led by Gen. John J. Pershing launched a successful attack on the German-occupied St. Mihiel salient north of Verdun, France.
In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded the right of 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.