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In 1876, Jack London was born on this day. He lived until 1916.
In 1939, the Territorial Board of the Budget recommended to the Legislature a $4 million, two-year budget, which was less than the expected revenues of $4.2 million.
In 1943, the Amchitka Army post was activated with 101 officers and 1844 enlisted men.
In 1969, a new state ferry was named for the late Sen. E.L. (Bob) Bartlett.
In 1979, Governor Jay Hammond and Lt. Gov. Terry Miller were inaugurated in Juneau. (They were officially sworn in in December.)
In 1979, decrying President Carter's withdrawal of 56 million acres of federal lands in Alaska, Anchorage protesters carried signs reading "Can The Peanut Farmer" outside the Federal Building.
In 1979, a U.S. District judge dismissed a suit filed against the U.S. government by an Alaska Eskimo over whaling quotas.
In the Nation
In 1773, the first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 1942, President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
In 1966, President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy "All in the Family" premiered on CBS television.
In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
In 1998, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. CBS signed a $4 billion, eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion, eight-year contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons.
In 2002, Michelle Kwan won her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown and sixth overall.
In the World
In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
In 1964, leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.
In 1993, memorial services were held in Paris for ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and in New York for jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had died on Jan. 6.
In 1998, 19 European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.
In 2002, the United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern Afghanistan, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts.