In 1966, the Seward Petticoat Gazette, published by the Business and Professional Womens' Club of Seward, printed its last edition.
In 1969, contents of a scientific report, kept secret for 10 months, warned of earthquake risk from underground nuclear tests on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
In 1974, two bulldozer teams met at the South Fork of the Koyukuk River, completing the 360-mile overlay for the first road in the United States to cross the Arctic Circle. It became known as the North Slope Haul Road, and nowadays, the Dalton Highway. A formal ribbon-cutting was held but many dignitaries were snowed out.
In the nation
In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
In 1955, a one-act version of the Arthur Miller play "A View From the Bridge" opened in New York. Miller later turned it into a two-act play.
In 1982, seven people in the Chicago area died after unwittingly taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide.
In 1988, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
In 1994, the House voted to end the age-old practice of lobbyists buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.
In 1995, Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson abandoned his bid for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. The O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury. Three U.S. servicemen were indicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl and handed over to Japanese authorities. They were later convicted.
In the world
In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.
In 1918, Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta.
In 1963, the second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour.
In 2000, Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding 175.
In 2004, a video surfaced showing Kenneth Bigley, a British hostage held by Iraqi militants, pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage. Bigley was later killed.