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 oil 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. Plans were scrapped for the hotel, but plans are being made to re-open the mine itself.
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 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 1994, the government reported consumer prices rose one-tenth of one percentage point in October. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state of California from implementing most provisions of Proposition 187, the voter-approved measure that would deny most public services to illegal immigrants.
In 1999, Nathaniel Abraham, at 13 one of the youngest murder defendants in U.S. history, was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of second-degree murder for shooting a stranger outside a convenience store with a rifle when he was 11. (Nathaniel was sentenced to juvenile detention, which means he will be released Jan. 13, 2007, when he turns 21.)
In the world
In 1885, Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1994, President Clinton, ending a five-day trip to Asia, discussed human rights with Indonesian President Suharto.