In 1867, the first bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress to "organize the Territory of Alaska." It failed to get a hearing.
In 1922, the Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. installed Juneau's first radio broadcast station at its Front Street office.
In 1949, the Anchorage International Airport arrived at Seward in the form of 21,700 barrels of asphalt destined to pave the airport's runways.
In 1958, William Egan was elected as Alaska's first governor in the state's first general election.
In the nation
In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
In 1832, public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents.
In 1942, the motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York. President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.
In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
In 1986, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1994, Margaret Garrish, a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
In the world
In 1940, the half-million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.
In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 American troops.