In 1894, the Juneau Ferry & Navigation Co. began carrying passengers between Juneau and Douglas Island. The operation continued until the completion of the Douglas Bridge in 1935.
In 1917, all saloons in the Territory of Alaska closed their doors at midnight under a new Alaska law.
In 1947, the merger of Skinner & Eddy Corp. and the Alaska Steamship Co. was announced.
In the nation
In 1862, President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
In 1877, President and Mrs. Hayes celebrated their silver anniversary (technically, a day late) by re-enacting their wedding ceremony in the White House.
In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.
In 1946, President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
In 1978, Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington, marking the end of diplomatic relations with the United States.
In the world
In 1775, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.
In 1857, Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
In 1986, 97 people died in a fire in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.