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In 1918, the Princess Sophia wrecked on Vanderbilt Reef north of Juneau, in the early morning hours. It sank with all on board the next night.
In 1919, Joe K. Green established the weekly Hyder Alaska Miner.
In 1929, Alaska Airlines announced a contract with Swansen Fur Trading Company to bring 15 passengers and six tons of freight from Siberia to Fairbanks.
In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court's one-year ban on bowhead whale hunting by Alaska Natives.
In 1979, the film, "Spirit of the Wind" premiered in Fairbanks. The movie was based on the life of Alaskan dog musher George Attla.
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In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1901, widow Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated (it opened to traffic the next day).
In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.
In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
In 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict. (He made the visit over a month later.)
In 1987, 30 years after it was expelled, the Teamsters union was welcomed back into the AFL-CIO. (However, the Teamsters disaffiliated themselves from the AFL-CIO in 2005.)
In 1997, setting the stage for an upcoming summit, President Bill Clinton rejected calls for a confrontational approach to China, arguing that isolating the Chinese would be "potentially dangerous." In Arlington, Va., former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a grudging courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual romp.
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