In 1904, the first winter mail from Fairbanks arrived at Valdez over the trail.
In 1928, the Juneau High School building was dedicated. It later became Capital Elementary School.
In 1973, construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline was authorized by President Richard Nixon.
In 1979, the first auction of barley harvested at Delta Junction (part of the "Barley Project") lasted 15 minutes with 140 tons going for $20,800. Anchorage developers with European financing announced plans to build a 400-room hotel, a 120,000 square-foot office building, and 129 condominiums on the site of the former Alaska-Juneau Gold Mill.
In the nation
In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
In 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the Civil War.
In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.
In 1973, Skylab III, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an 84-day mission.
In 1981, actor William Holden was found dead in his apartment in Santa Monica, Calif.; he was 63.
In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.
In 1993, The Senate, on a 69-30 vote, approved a measure designed to protect people who provide or seek abortions from physical attacks or intimidation by abortion opponents.
In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that union members can file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration. House Democrats re-elected Dick Gephardt as their leader.
In the world
In 1885, Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 2002, in an open letter to the Iraqi Parliament, President Saddam Hussein said he had no choice but to accept a tough new U.N. weapons inspection resolution because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unilateral war on the Iraqi people.