In 1898, a discovery claim was staked on Anvil Creek, touching off the Nome Gold Rush.
In 1959, David L. Luce, a California official, was named administrative director of the newly formed Alaska State Court System. The Matanuska Valley Chamber of Commerce asked the state's planning commission to study the proposed relocation of the state capital.
In 1969, the oldest Russian Church in Alaska, the Church of the Holy Resurrection in Kodiak, was rededicated. Hawaiian legislators voiced concern over a possible tidal wave caused by the Atomic Energy Commission's planned nuclear tests in the Aleutian Islands.
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In 1789, Congress authorized the office of Postmaster-General.
In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed.
In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101.
In 1999, the Justice Department sued the tobacco industry for billions of dollars.