In 1901, Professor Leonard, the aeronaut, performed acrobatic feats on a horizontal bar suspended from a large balloon over the Bering Sea near Nome.
In 1925, the Southeast Alaska Fair opened in the Arctic Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.
In 1947, bidding was opened by the U.S. Forest Service on 1.5 billion cubic feet of timber in the Ketchikan area. This was part of a plan to establish 5 or 6 large paper mills in Alaska.
In 1974, the U.S. Army provided Kodiak with three emergency generators to give the Kodiak Electric Association a chance to repair broken equipment.
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In 1893, hundreds of thousands of settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."
In 1919, the American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.
In 1940, President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1953, "The Robe," the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.
In 1974, President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft evaders.
In 1995, President Clinton voiced support for a Senate welfare overhaul plan sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
In 2000, campaign aides for Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush agreed on a series of three debates. American Nancy Johnson captured the first gold medal of the Sydney Olympics, winning the women's 10-meter air rifle.
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge. All told, Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the U.S. The National Hockey League lockout went into effect.