In 1919, the trading store of the Sons of Norway in Petersburg was destroyed by fire.
In 1939, every house in Barrow was quarantined due to a measles epidemic.
In 1939, the population of Juneau was reported at 5,748. (In 1930, it was 4,043.)
In 1944, the first serious wreck on the Alaska Railroad occurred 45 miles from Fairbanks and sent 11 to the hospital.
In 1939, 15 cows arrived in Anchorage by air. They were the first of 45 cows being brought in by the Matanuska Valley Cooperative Association.
In the Nation
In 1775, a Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies.
In 1807, Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with Europe.
In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln: "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."
In 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied "Nuts!" when the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender.
In 1984, New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.
In 1992, President-elect Clinton chose Warren Christopher to be his secretary of state, and tapped Les Aspin as defense secretary.
In 1997, actress Hunter Tylo, whose pregnancy got her fired from steamy TV soap "Melrose Place," was awarded $4.9 million by jurors for wrongful termination.
In the World
In 1894, French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus was vindicated eventually.)
In 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Roosevelt.