In 1912, the steamer Portland, the gold ship that started the Klondike Gold Rush, was wrecked at Katalla.
In 1952, the Juneau Memorial Library was dedicated.
In the nation
In 1815, American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, N.Y.
In 1920, baseball got its first "czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National Leagues.
In 1929, Grace Kelly - the future movie star and Princess of Monaco - was born in Philadelphia.
In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial.
In 1984, space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared a wandering satellite in history's first space salvage. The Palapa B-2 satellite was secured in Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth.
In 1994, Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Wilma Rudolph died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 54.
In 1999, President Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.
In 2001, an American Airlines Airbus A300-600, en route from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Dominican Republic, crashed 103 seconds after takeoff, killing 265 people.
In 2003, actress Penny Singleton died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at age 95. Actor Jonathan Brandis died in Los Angeles at age 27.
In the world
In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.