- 1858 â€“ U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- 1896 â€“ Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
- 1930 â€“ The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 1989 â€“ A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
The best Klondike Gold Rush movie is, in my opinion, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. The first feature-length comedy by Charlie Chaplin which charts a hapless prospectorâ€™s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale) â€” forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as Chaplinâ€™s dance of the dinner rolls and meal of boiled shoe leather, The Gold Rush is an indelible work of nonstop hilarity. This special edition features both Chaplinâ€™s definitive 1942 version, for which the director added new music and narration, and a new restoration of the original silent 1925 film.