In 1949, the U.S. Air Force confirmed that Eielson Air Force Base would be used for training operations for B-36 bombers.
In the nation
In 1777, the Congress of the United States - forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces - moved to York, Pa.
In 1846, dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on a patient in his Boston office.
In 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th homer of the season to break his own major-league record.
In 1954, the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine "Nautilus," was commissioned by the Navy.
In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.
In 1998, the General Accounting Office reported that Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and his predecessor, Robert Fiske, had spent more than $40 million on the investigation of President Clinton's Arkansas land deals that was expanded to include the probe of the Monica Lewinsky affair.
In the world
In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders decided to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
In 1946, an international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
In 1993, an estimated 10,000 people were killed when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern India.