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In 1881, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska's delegate in Congress and a district judge, was born in New York state.
In 1895, Peter Trimble Rowe was consecrated the first Episcopal Bishop of Alaska.
In 1929, the largest totem pole rehabilitated in the Saxman Totem Project was finished. It was to be taken to a lot at the head of Totem Lane in Ketchikan, where it would be the center pole of seven. It was 47 feet long, with a base diameter of 5 feet.
In 1935, the Pioneer Sea Foods Co. cannery in Cordova was destroyed by fire.
In 1979, U.S. presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan visited Anchorage.
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In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.
In 1939, the Russo-Finnish War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland.
In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.