In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
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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 Federal Aviation Administration.
In 1961, RCA formally took over operation of the White Alice network, a radio relay communications system of 33 sites along Alaska's coastline.
In 1964, Anchorage's first bank robber entered the FBI files as a "husky, raunchy-looking man" who stole $6,000 from the National Bank of Alaska's Fifth Avenue branch.
In 1969, Bethel voted to close down its only liquor store.
In 1977, a fire at the North Pole Refinery caused damage that took one month to repair.
In the nation
In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay's Treaty, which resolved issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
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 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55-39, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
In 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
In 1984, some 500 people died in a firestorm set off by a series of explosions at a petroleum storage plant on the edge of Mexico City.
In 1997, Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets, four boys and three girls.
In 2002, the Senate voted 90-9 to approve creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
In the world
In 1942, during World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.
In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon.
In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
In 1985, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.
In 1997, the space shuttle Columbia zoomed into orbit on a two-week science mission.
In 2002, an oil tanker carrying 20 million gallons of fuel oil broke in two and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Spain. U.N. weapons inspectors wrapped up a two-day visit to Iraq. Singer Michael Jackson made a public appearance at his Berlin hotel, briefly holding his youngest child, Prince Michael II, over a fourth-floor balcony rail in front of dozens of fans below.
In 2006, British authorities said they were investigating the apparent poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had been critical of the Russian government (Litvinenko died in London four days later of polonium poisoning).