In 1869, the Fort Wrangell Post Office was established.
In 1904, the first telegraph message was sent between Sitka and Valdez via the new submarine cable.
In 1959, 100,000 pounds of reindeer meat from Nunivak Island was in transit to markets in New York City, Washington D.C. and Hawaii.
In 1959, George Byer was elected mayor of Anchorage.
In 1979, the Dena'ina people of Kenai celebrated their first potlatch in 70 years. More than 300 people came. Potlatches were stopped by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1907.
In the nation
In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.
In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," a movie starring Al Jolson that featured both silent and talking scenes.
In 1949, President Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act, totaling $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO countries.
In 1949, American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.
In 1976, in his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." Ford later conceded he'd misspoken.
In 1983, Cardinal Terence Cooke, the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of New York, died at age 62.
In 1993, basketball superstar Michael Jordan announced his retirement. Jordan attempted a minor-league baseball career, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in March 1995.
In 1998, with a House vote set on launching an open-ended impeachment inquiry, Democrats rushed to counter Republican plans while still underscoring their disapproval of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
In the world
In 1889, the Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public.
In 1939, in an address to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler denied having any intention of war against France and Britain.