In 1869, the Fort Wrangel Post Office was established.
In 1904, the first telegraph message was sent between Sitka and Valdez via the new submarine cable.
In 1947, a record price of $57.92 each was set at a St. Louis auction for government-owned seal skins from the Pribilof Islands.
In 1959, one hundred thousand 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.
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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 which featured both silent and sound-synchronized 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 treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison.