In 1912, the name of the post office in the smelter town of Port Hadley, on Prince of Wales Island, was changed to Hadley.
In 1969, the greatest deluge of mail to Gov. Keith Miller, more than 700 letters, hit the governor's desk in Juneau following a televised documentary supposedly showing wolves being hunted for bounty.
In 1970, Walter J. Hickel was fired from his job as Secretary of the Interior by Richard M. Nixon. He was appointed to the post in January 1969.
In 1974, a recount was begun of 90,000 votes cast for governor. Prior to the recount, Jay Hammond led Gov. William Egan by 365 votes.
In the nation
In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh.
In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.
In 1944, baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis died at age 78.
In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
In 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant died in New York at age 65.
In 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. He lived 620 days on the device.
In 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
In 2003, the Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age. Gail Knisley, 62, was shot and killed while riding in a car on a highway in Columbus, Ohio. It was the only fatality in a series of shootings that terrified area drivers. A suspect, Charles A. McCoy Jr., was arrested last March.
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