In 1925, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Alaska's graduated excise tax on canned salmon.
In 1931, 20 tons of dynamite was set off at the Alaska-Juneau gold mine to bring down an estimated 750,000 tons of rock.
In 1979, state and federal judges refused to cancel the planned Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Dec. 11.
In the nation
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1796, electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.
In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.