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In 1949, Ketchikan residents were advised to boil their water because of bacterial contamination caused by early September's heavy rains.
In 1959, Anchorage's five-digit telephone number system changed to the metropolitan seven-digit system.
In 1979, The Department of Immigration announced that only 4,365 vehicles entered Alaska in August, the lowest number since record-keeping began in 1966.
In the nation
In 1881, Chester Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James Garfield.
In 1957, "M Squad," starring Lee Marvin, premiered on NBC-TV.
In 1962, black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)
In 1973, in their so-called "battle of the sexes," tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton's attorneys insisted no laws were broken as it was disclosed that Attorney General Janet Reno had taken a first step toward seeking a special prosecutor to investigate the president's 1996 fund-raising activities.
In 2002, President Bush appealed to a reluctant Russian President Vladimir Putin to back a new U.N. resolution that would threaten Iraq with war if it did not disarm; Russian officials indicated there might be room for compromise.
In the world
In 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. (Magellan was killed en route, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)
In 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
In 1967, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was christened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in Clydebank, Scotland.
In 1984, a suicide car bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people.
In 2006, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez repeatedly referred to President Bush as "the devil" during a speech to the United Nations. The African Union announced it would extend the mandate of a peacekeeping force in Darfur. Nationalist Shinzo Abe became head of Japan's ruling party by a landslide.