In 1902, the Kotzebue Post Office was established with Dana H. Thomas as postmaster.
In 1925, the Cape Spencer Light Station was commissioned by the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
In 1939, Seldovia began using water from its own city water system. The project was handled by the Public Works Administration, a New Deal agency.
In 1964, the State Commissioner of Public Works announced plans to build a new international terminal at Anchorage International Airport.
In 1979, the Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale brought $1 billion, of which $456 million went to the State of Alaska.
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In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
In 1872, America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.
In 1928, police in Buenos Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
In 1980, President Carter signed a bill creating a $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
In 1980, "Magnum P.I.," starring Tom Selleck, premiered on CBS television.
In 1991, a jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
In 1995, U.S. Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz, R-Utah, held an emotional news conference, publicly addressing the scandal surrounding her personal and campaign finances and blaming the mess on her estranged husband, Joe.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from lawyers representing George W. Bush and Al Gore concerning the Florida presidential vote recount. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers.