In 1905, fire destroyed 43 business buildings in Nome.
In 1906, the steamer Oregon was wrecked at Cape Hinchenbrook, at the entrance to Prince William Sound. All 121 aboard were saved.
In 1913, concrete was poured for the first story of Juneau's first City Hall. The Alaska Office Building now sits at that location.
In 1955, in a special election, Alaskans sent 55 delegates to a Constitutional Convention.
In 1979, Anchorage's teacher strike ended after a week, when an acceptable negotiation plan was agreed to and signed by Judge Victor Carlson.
In the nation
In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.
In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City, with Patty Berg as its first president.
In 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison. The ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives.
In 1989, Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.
In 1998, former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace died at age 79.
In 1994, President Clinton signed into law a $30 billion crime bill.
In 2003, the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante while continuing to support Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election. Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon died at age 73. In Las Vegas, Sugar Shane Mosley beat Oscar De La Hoya, winning a close but unanimous decision to take the WBC and WBA 154-pound titles.
In the world
In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.
In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.
In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.