In 1984, the Alaska Search Light was established in Juneau.
In 1918, John Green Brady, the fifth governor of Alaska, died in Sitka.
In 1955, the "huge, 70-room" Traveller's Inn opened in Anchorage.
In 1959, the Annex Creek Power Facility failed, putting Juneau on emergency power for over a week.
In 1969, a U.S. House committee cleared the last obstacle, allowing a permit to be issued to build the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
In 1979, Venetie and Arctic Village were granted titles to 1.8 million acres of federal land in the then "largest Native land conveyance in Alaska's history."
In the nation
In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, went on the first successful manned powered-airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.
In 1944, the U.S. Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
In 1957, the United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
In 1975, Lynette Fromme was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
In 1979, in a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally beaten after a police chase in Miami. Four white police officers were later acquitted of charges stemming from McDuffie's death.
In 1994, six shots were fired at the White House by an unidentified gunman.
In 1999, President Clinton signed a law letting millions of disabled Americans retain their government-funded health coverage when they take a job.
In 2003, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was indicted on corruption charges. An attempt to re-create the Wright brothers' first flight on the 100th anniversary failed to take off.
In the world
In 1777, France recognized American independence.
In 1830, South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
In 1939, the German pocket battleship "Graf Spee" was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay.
In 1981, members of the Red Brigades kidnapped Brigadier General James L. Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. Army official in southern Europe, from his home in Verona, Italy. Dozier was rescued 42 days later.
In 1986, Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned, then released.
In 1992, President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
In 1994, North Korea shot down a U.S. Army helicopter which had strayed north of the demilitarized zone - the co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer David Hilemon, was killed; the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall, was captured and held for nearly two weeks.
In 1999, the U.N. Security Council ended a yearlong deadlock and voted to send weapons inspectors back to Iraq and consider suspending sanctions if Baghdad cooperated.
In 2003, the British government announced the first reported case of a person dying from the human form of mad cow disease after a blood transfusion from an infected donor.