In 1886, the Kensington Gold Lode, north of Juneau, was discovered.
In 1898, Placer gold was discovered on Porcupine Creek, a tributary of the Chilkat River near Haines.
In 1926, a major fire in Douglas burned the entire eastern part of the town including the Native village.
In the nation
In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.
In 1935, George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" opened on Broadway.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office.
In 1978, President Carter signed a bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
In 1994, Americans Alfred G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell won the Nobel Prize in medicine.
In 1999, six college students getting out of their cars or walking along a highway on their way to a fraternity party at Texas A&M University were struck and killed by a pickup truck whose driver who had fallen asleep.
In 2003, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his syndicated radio show that he was addicted to painkillers and was checking into a rehab center.
In the world
In 1911, revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.
In 1938, Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.
In 1964, the 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.
In 1970, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatist group. (Laporte's body was found about a week later.)
In 1981, funeral services were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been assassinated by Muslim extremists.