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In 1914, the Akutan post office was established with Hugh McGlasham as postmaster.
In 1926, the post office of Port Alexander, on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska, was established with Dorothy M. Stoddard as postmaster.
In 1962, drilling began on an exploratory offshore Richfield oil well connected to shore by a 2,300-foot causeway in Wide Bay, 150 miles west of Kodiak - a first in Alaska oil exploration.
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In 1769, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter.
In 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
In 1928, George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in New York.