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In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris staked the first mining claims in Silverbow Basin in Juneau.
In 1943, the Alaska Glacier Seafood Co. plant at Petersburg was destroyed by fire.
In 1969, work stopped at Juneau's $50-million Snettisham Power Project after the Army Corps of Engineers ran out of money.
In 1980, about 520 people were forced to abandon the cruise ship Prinsendam in the Gulf of Alaska after the Dutch luxury liner caught fire; no deaths or serious injury resulted.
In the nation
In 1777, George Washington's troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.
In 1957, Jimmy Hoffa was elected president of the Teamsters Union. The situation comedy "Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS-TV.
In 1976, Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigned in the wake of a controversy over a joke he'd made about blacks.
In 1997, hundreds of thousands of men attended a Promise Keepers rally on the mall in Washington, D.C.
In 2002, John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," received a 20-year sentence after a sobbing, halting plea for forgiveness before a federal judge in Alexandria, Va. In a federal court in Boston, Richard Reid pleaded guilty with a laugh to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes as he declared his hatred for America and his loyalty to Osama bin Laden.
In 2006, ousted Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, a company officer and three investigators were charged with violating California privacy laws in a corporate spying scandal. (The charges were later dropped, with a judge calling their conduct a "betrayal of trust and honor" that nonetheless did not rise to the level of criminal activity.)
In the world
In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps, where the Nazi leader sought Italy's help in fighting the British.
In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit the Western Hemisphere as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
In 1978, a funeral mass was held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul I.
In 2006, American Roger D. Kornberg won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.