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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 more than a week.
In 1969, a U.S. House committee cleared a last obstacle, allowing the permit to be issued to build the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
In 1979, Venetie and Arctic Village were granted title to 1.8 million acres of federal land in what was then described as largest native land conveyance in Alaska's history.
In 1984, the Alaska Search Light was established in Juneau.
In the nation
In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted 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 Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
In 2006, searchers on Mount Hood in Oregon found the body of missing climber Kelly James; two other climbers remain missing.
In the world
In 1777, France recognized American independence.
In 1939, the German pocket battleship Adm. 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 Brig. Gen. 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.)