In 1922, a serious fire broke out in the Evans Jones coal mine in the Matanuska Valley.
In 1941, work was started on the railroad tunnel to connect Portage and Whittier.
In 1959, authorization for night take-offs and landings at the Juneau International Airport was given by the FAA.
In 1961, RCA formally took over operation of the White Alice network, an ultra-modern radio relay communications system of 33 sites along Alaska's coast.
In 1964, Anchorage's first bank robbery entered the FBI files as a "husky, raunchy-looking man" robbed the National Bank of Alaska's 5th Avenue branch of $6,000.
In 1969, Bethel voted to close down its only liquor store.
In the nation
In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay's Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange, Ohio.
In 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.
In 1997, Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to four boys and three girls - only the second set of septuplets known to have been born alive.
In 2003, a U.S.-Canadian investigation found that the Aug. 14 blackout should have been contained by operators at Ohio's FirstEnergy Corp.; the investigators also faulted Midwest regional monitors.