In 1898, the 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.
In 1959, 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.
In 1969, Hawaiian legislators voiced concern over a possible tidal wave caused by the Atomic Energy Commission's planned nuclear tests in the Aleutian Islands.
In 1995, an AWACS plane carrying U.S. and Canadian military personnel crashed on takeoff from Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, killing all 24 people aboard.
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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.