In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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In 1884, Alaska's first U.S. district court was formally organized in Sitka.
In 1928, a windstorm in Cordova did more than $30,000 worth of damage to the town.
In 1939, a second FBI agent was added to the Juneau office.
In 1974, negotiators for the Alaska Public Employees Association accepted a 15 percent pay increase for striking supervisors, ending the state's first government employee strike.
In 1979, a rockslide in Juneau destroyed a 40-foot section of the Basin Road trestle closing access to Gold Creek Basin, a popular hiking area.
In 1980, Alaska voted to send an all-Republican delegation to Washington, D.C., as Frank Murkowski defeated Clark Gruening in the Senate race and incumbent Rep. Don Young won re-election.
In 1986, Steve Cowper was elected as the state's seventh governor.
In the nation
In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.
In 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin.
In 1987, Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg, 6, was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital in a child-abuse case that sparked national outrage; her illegal adoptive father, Joel Steinberg, served 17 years in prison for manslaughter.
In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., with a dedication attended by President George Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon - the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives.