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In 1889, Adolph H. Ziegler, Alaska lawyer and legislator, was born in Maryland.
In 1920, the famed mail steamer Dora was wrecked near Hardy Bay, Vancouver Island.
In 1979, two days of snow and ice caused 200 traffic accidents in Anchorage (mostly fender benders).
In 1979, Gov. Jay Hammond declared the flood-plagued Willow Creek area a disaster area.
In the nation
In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.
In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
In 1864, Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
In 1879, Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J.