In 1912, the name of the post office at 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 the 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 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1985, Ronald W. Pelton, a former employee of the National Security Agency, was arrested on espionage charges. (Pelton was later convicted of selling secrets to Soviet agents.)
In 1999, 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off Florida, setting off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.
In 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
In 1995, in his weekly radio address, President Clinton appealed to America's values and interests as he pleaded for support for the Bosnia peace agreement.
In 2000, hundreds of military veterans and retirees, angered by the rejection of overseas absentee ballots in Florida, held a noisy demonstration in Pensacola, one of several rallies Republicans and Democrats staged across Florida.
In the world
In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
In 1995, Serbs in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo took to the streets by the thousands to protest the peace plan, vowing to fight to the death.
In 2004, leading Sunni Muslim politicians in Iraq urged postponement of the Jan. 30, 2005, national elections. The elections ended up taking place as scheduled. A man with a knife broke into a high school dormitory in Ruzhou, China, killing nine boys as they slept. Chinese authorities later executed a 21-year-old man who confessed to the attack.