In 1903, the most precipitation ever recorded for Southeast Alaska in 24 hours was 15.2 inches in Angoon.
In 1913, Benny Benson, who designed Alaska's state flag, was born.
In 1939, the Presbyterian mission boat Princeton was wrecked in Lynn Canal, but no lives were lost.
In 1948, by a vote of nearly 8-to-1 in the general election, Alaskans favored the gradual elimination of fish traps over a 10-year period.
In 1948, after an overwhelming Democratic victory in the general election, Gov. Ernest Gruening predicted, "As Alaska goes, so goes the nation."
In 1967, groundbreaking was held for Juneau-Douglas Community College.
In the nation
In 1492 (old style calendar; Oct. 21 new style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
In 1915, former President Theodore Roosevelt criticized the concept of "hyphenated Americanism," referring to U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.
In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff.
In 1942, President Roosevelt delivered one of his so-called "fireside chats" in which he recommended the drafting of 18- and 19-year-old men.
In 1973, President Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.
In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen.
In 2004, a jury in Baton Rouge, La., took 80 minutes to find suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace. (Lee was later sentenced to death for Pace's killing.)
In the world
In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans in occupied Belgium during World War I.
In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding his desk with a shoe during a dispute.
In 1964, the Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space capsule with a three-man crew on the first manned mission involving more than one crew member.
In 1968, the summer Games of the 19th Olympiad officially opened in Mexico City.
In 1995, after a 48-hour delay, the U.S.-brokered cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina went into effect.
In 2002, a bomb blamed on Islamic militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.