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 1995, University of Chicago professor Robert E. Lucas won the Nobel Prize in economics for demonstrating how people's fears and expectations can frustrate policymakers' efforts to shape the economy.
In 2000, Jo Myong Rok, the highest-level North Korean official to visit Washington to date, met with President Clinton at the White House.
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.
In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.