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In 1905, the post office of Gakona was established.
In 1942, road crews met at the "breakthrough" at Beaver Creek on the Alaska Highway, where the roads met.
In 1970, William A. Egan was elected fourth governor of Alaska. Egan also served as the state's first governor.
In 1980, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Renquist issued a temporary stay, preventing the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Law from going into effect and the checks from being mailed. The stay was related on a suit filed by Patricia and Ron Zobel of Anchorage.
In the nation
In 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.
In 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.
In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.
In 1936, President Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.
In 1964, President Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
In 1979, five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen and neo-Nazis had driven into the area.
In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees 15-2 to tie the World Series at three games apiece.
In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case. Merck & Co. won its first court battle over its Vioxx painkiller when a New Jersey state jury found the drug maker had properly warned consumers about the risks of the medication.
In the world
In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named "Laika" who was sacrificed in the experiment.
In 1970, Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.
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