In 1938, E.W. Griffin, Secretary of Alaska, died of a heart attack while delivering a speech in Juneau.
In 1960, the Alaska Sled Dog and Racing Association called off the first race of the season (scheduled for January 1) because of no snow. This was the first cancellation in the association's history.
In 1964, a major fire in downtown Juneau gutted the J.B. Caro Building, including Alaska Transfer & Storage and the Chilkat Fuel Company.
In the Nation
In 1852, future U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati.
In 1853, the United States bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
In 1894, suffragist Amelia Jenks Bloomer died in Council Bluffs, Iowa; she had gained notoriety for wearing a short skirt and baggy trousers that came to be known as "bloomers."
In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike, at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich.
In 1940, California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
In the World
In 1911, Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.
In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
In 1992, President Bush embarked on the final foreign trip of his term in office, heading to a Black Sea summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, with a stopover in Somalia to visit U.S. troops helping famine victims
. In 1993, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other.
In 1997, a massacre in Algeria's insurgency began in four villages as armed men killed 412 men, women and children in an attack that lasted from dusk until dawn the following morning.