In 1929, the first concrete was poured for what is now the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau.
In 1947, the Army tanker El Caney, with a crew of 45, was adrift south of the Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific due to a damaged rudder and propeller.
In the nation
In 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
In 1950, President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight "Communist imperialism."
In 1960, 134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.
In the world
In 1770, composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.
In 1809, Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.
In 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise counter-attack against Allied forces in Belgium.
In 2003, Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, agreed to relieve Iraq's debt burden.