In 1930, St. Marks Hospital and School at Nenana was destroyed by fire.
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 1971, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was at Prospect Creek. It was minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
In 1974, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton issued a permit for construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
In the nation
In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.
In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1943, critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program "People's Platform."
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 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.
In 1994, the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills won their respective NFL conference playoffs to set up a Super Bowl rematch.
In 1999, a federal judge ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to an interview sought by House prosecutors in President Clinton's impeachment trial.
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 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
In 1985, debate in Britain's House of Lords was carried on live television for the first time.
In 1994, Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, visiting Japan, met with Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, who promised to go through with a scheduled summit with President Clinton.
In 1999, during his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make the region a "continent of life."
In 2003, the government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the Jan. 21 shootings of two U.S. defense workers in Kuwait.