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In 1912, the first election was held for members of the Territorial Legislature.
In 1913, Sitka became a second class municipality, the last major town in Alaska to incorporate.
In 1949, the Cordova Times was banned from the mails after a complaint had been received about a page-one advertisement concerning a bingo game.
In 1974, Jay Hammond was elected as the fifth governor of Alaska, beating three-term incumbent William Egan by a 287-vote margin.
In the nation
In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by attempting to vote for President Grant. (She was convicted by a judge and fined $100, but never paid the fine.)
In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile known as the "Road Engine."
In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William Howard Taft.
In 1940, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.
In 1946, Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the House in midterm elections.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace.
In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was shot to death at a New York hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was convicted of the slaying in federal court.)
In 1996, voters returned President Clinton to the White House for a second term but kept Congress in Republican control. Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice was seriously injured when his car rolled off an interstate.
In the world
In 1605, the "Gunpowder Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
In 1956, Britain and France started landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal. (A cease-fire was declared two days later.)
In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin underwent successful heart bypass surgery.
In 2001, Enrique Bolanos defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential election. Hurricane Michelle swept past the Bahamas with 85 mph winds, flooding houses and cutting power.
In 2005, leaders from across the Americas ended their two-day summit in Argentina without agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile. Pirates attacked a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, but the ship changed course and sped away to escape.
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