In 1867, the United States formally took possession of the Territory of Alaska with the raising of the flag at New Archangel, now Sitka.
In 1880, the 160-acre townsite of Harrisburgh was staked out by founders Richard Harris and Joe Juneau. The town's name was changed to Juneau in December of 1881.
In 1898, the Cape Nome Mining District was organized at Anvil Creek.
In 1946, the first mass air movement of Naval dependents to Alaska, nicknamed the "Baby Special," took 11 Navy wives and ten children to their families in Dutch Harbor and Adak.
In 1949, the Prospector Memorial statue in front of the Sitka Pioneer Home was unveiled and dedicated. It was sculpted by Victor Alonzo Lewis. The model was "Skagway Bill" Fonda.
In 1964, two Sitka landmarks, St. Michael's Cathedral and the Russian Mission Building, were officially recognized as National Historic Landmarks.
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In 1767, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.
In 1867, the United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
In 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was formally opened.
In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the U.S.
In 1931, inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
In 1969, the federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats.
In 1982, former first lady Bess Truman died at her home in Independence, Mo., at age 97.
In 1999, career prosecutor Robert Ray was sworn in to replace Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and wrap up the wide-ranging investigation of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.