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In 1913, Anthony Dimond was appointed U.S. commissioner at Chisana, the start of a long career of public service.
In 1922, the University of Alaska Fairbanks opened.
In 1929, ground was broken in Juneau for the Federal and Territorial Building, now the state Capitol.
In 1939, the Book Cache Lending Library and Bookstore, run by Honor Kempton, opened in Anchorage.
In 1948, Eielson Air Force Base, near Fairbanks, was formally dedicated.
In the nation
In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.
In 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.
In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.
In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.
In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1987, the movie "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, opened in U.S. theaters.
In the world
In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.
In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain.
In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
In 1997, two gunmen opened fire on a group of German tourists in front of the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, killing nine of the tourists and a bus driver.
In 2006, an Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur, Anousheh Ansari, took off on a Russian rocket bound for the international space station, becoming the the world's first paying female space tourist. Aboard the space station, an oxygen generator overheated and spilled a toxic irritant, forcing the crew to don masks and gloves in the first emergency ever declared aboard the 8-year-old orbiting outpost.