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In 1969, fire destroyed 43 business buildings in Nome.
In 1906, the steamer Oregon wrecked at Cape Hinchenbrook, at the entrance to Prince William Sound; all 121 aboard were saved.
In 1913, concrete is 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 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 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 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
In 2002, President Bush said it was "highly doubtful" that Saddam Hussein would comply with demands that he disarm and avoid a confrontation with the world community. And he mocked Democrats and other lawmakers who wanted U.N. action before a congressional vote on confronting Saddam.
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 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.
In 2006, gunman Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire in a cafeteria at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, slaying one student and wounding 19 before killing himself.