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In 1826, Joseph Juneau, who is credited with co-discovering gold in Alaska's present capital, was born in Quebec, Canada.
In 1935, the Juneau City Council voted to change the name of Lower Front Street to South Franklin Street.
In 1937, Hazen Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established.
In 1959, six Alaska students were named to participate in a White House Conference on Children and Youth, to be held in March of 1960. More than 7,000 people were expected.
In 1989, Mount Redoubt, 115 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted for the first time in 23 years, spewing dust seven miles into the air.
In the nation
In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
In 1946, the U.N. General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.
In 1962, the U.S. space probe Mariner Two approached Venus, transmitting information about the planet.
In 1993, a Colorado judge struck down the state's voter-approved Amendment Two prohibiting gay rights laws, calling it unconstitutional. United Mine Workers approved a five-year contract, ending a strike that had reached seven states and involved some of the nation's biggest coal operators.
In 2000, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner.
In the world
In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
In 1939, the Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
In 1975, six South Moluccan extremists surrendered after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen.
In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.
In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
In 1998, President Clinton stood witness as hundreds of Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the destruction of Israel.
In 2002, Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.