Sound off on the important issues at
In 1903, the most precipitation ever recorded for Southeast Alaska in 24 hours was 15.2 inches in Angoon.
In 1939, the Presbyterian mission boat Princeton was wrecked in Lynn Canal, but no lives were lost.
In 1948, by a vote of nearly eight to one 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, a ground breaking was held for Juneau-Douglas Community College.
In the nation
In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff, Jess Sarber.
In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered one of his "fireside chats" in which he recommended the drafting of 18- and 19-year-old men.
In 1968, the Summer Games of the 19th Olympiad officially opened in Mexico City.
In 2006, the United States introduced a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its nuclear test. Madonna and Guy Ritchie took custody of David Banda, a 1-year-old boy from Malawi, and received preliminary approval from a judge to adopt him.
In the world
In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
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 when a speaker criticized his country.
In 1976, it was announced in China that Hua Guofeng had been named to succeed the late Mao Zedong as chairman of the Communist Party.
In 1997, President Clinton opened his first trip to South America as he arrived in Venezuela.
In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen.
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.
In 2006, suspected Shiite militiamen broke into an Iraqi television station and gunned down 11 executives, producers and other staffers. Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel prize in literature.