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In 1947, two Chicago men reported finding a 600-pound jade nugget in the Shungnak River, a tributary of the Kobuk.
In 1949, a fire destroyed the Ice Pool Tavern in Nenana as well as power lines, throwing the entire town into darkness.
In 1957, Richfield Oil Co.'s Kenai Peninsula discovery well was completed, pumping 900 barrels a day.
In 1959, the Alaska Steamship Co. freighter Illiamna reported that a fire had destroyed 11 automobiles in one of its holds while it was crossing the Gulf of Alaska.
In the nation
In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.
In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard.
In 1928, the United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government.
In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.
In 1964, the Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.
In 1979, Congress gave final approval to forming the Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history.
In 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion cash buyout by Sony Corp.
In 1994, more than 350 Republican congressional candidates gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
In 1995, at the O.J. Simpson trial, the prosecution and defense presented dueling summations. The government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
In 2000, in Sydney, Australia, the U.S. Olympic baseball team beat Cuba 4-0 to capture its first baseball gold medal.