In 1914, Moore's Dock at Skagway, a landmark, was destroyed by fire.
In 1932, the Alaska nonresident troll fisherman's license tax of $250 was declared invalid by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1940, the War Department General Order No. 9 named the military reservation, Fort Richardson, and the airfield, Elmendorf Air Force Base.
In 1957, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis returned to Juneau after her complete circuit of the North American continent.
In 1979, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline flow was cut nearly 80 percent, as a strong storm kept tankers from entering the port of Valdez. The storm eased the next day, allowing tanker traffic to resume.
In 1979, the international conservation group Greenpeace joined the opposition to aerial wolf hunting in Alaska.
In the nation
In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1897, "The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
In 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.
In 1925, the first motel - the Motel Inn - opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
In 1947, the United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.
In 1985, 248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
In 1995, by three votes, the Senate killed a constitutional amendment that would have given Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and other forms of desecration against Old Glory.
In 2000, a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election, transforming George W. Bush into the president-elect. The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines. General Motors announced it would phase out its Oldsmobile division.
In the world
In 1913, authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered.