In 1932, the Wrangell Institute, a boarding school for Alaska Natives, opened its doors.
In 1939, Fairbanks radio station KFAR-AM went on the air for the first time as America's northernmost commercial radio station.
In 1950, the Alaska Womens' Pioneer Home opened at Sitka.
In 1952, radio station KJNO-AM signed on the air in Juneau.
In 1962, the first edition of The Tundra Times rolled off the presses.
In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller expressed his support for the planned nuclear blast on Amchitka Island, over widespread fear of a possible tsunami.
In 1978, KTOO-TV signed on the air as the first public television station in Southeast Alaska.
In the nation
In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.
In 1896, the U.S. Post Office established Rural Free Delivery.
In 1903, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the home team Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox), 7-3, in the first World Series game. Boston, however, went on to win the series, five games to three.
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market.
In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season.
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1968, the cult horror movie "Night of the Living Dead" had its world premiere in Pittsburgh.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.
In 1993, in a case that drew national concern, 12-year-old Polly Klaas was abducted from her Petaluma, Calif., home by a knife-wielding intruder; her body was found more than two months later. A suspect, Richard Allen Davis, was later convicted and sentenced to death.
In 2002, New Jersey Democrats chose former Sen. Frank Lautenberg to be on the November ballot in place of scandal-tainted Sen. Robert Torricelli. Publisher, philanthropist and diplomat Walter H. Annenberg died in Wynnewood, Pa., at age 94.
In the world
In 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.
In 1943, Allied forces captured Naples during World War II.
In 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
In 1998, seeking to head off threatened NATO attacks, Yugoslavia's Serb leadership invited foreign experts to investigate massacres in Kosovo.
In 2002, Iraq agreed to a plan for the return of U.N. weapons inspectors for the first time in nearly four years, but ignored U.S. demands for access to Saddam Hussein's palaces and other contested sites.