In 1959, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce recommended that a proposed Southeast Alaska Ferry System be financed as part of the Federal Interstate Road Network.
In 1962, William Egan was re-elected as governor of the state of Alaska.
In 1971, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated a five-megaton nuclear warhead beneath Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
In 1979, a workroom and the library at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau were closed due to asbestos dust from the insulation.
In the nation
In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
In 1900, President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
In 1928, in a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric sign outside the New York Times building.
In 1956, President Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected senator from Massachusetts.
In 1976, Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.