This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1932, Juneau's first bank holdup took place at the B.M. Behrends Bank. The robber was shot and died trying to escape.

• In 1963, the ferry Malaspina arrived in Ketchikan, signaling the beginning of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

• In 1969, Walter Hickel was confirmed as secretary of the Interior by the U.S. Senate (by a 73 to 16 vote).

• In 1974, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton issued a permit for construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

In the nation

• In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

• In 1973, President Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

• In 2002, President Bush proposed the biggest defense spending increase in 20 years.

In the world

• In 1920, the Dutch government refused demands from the victorious Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.

• In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

• In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.

• In 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign; he was later murdered.

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