This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 23, 2004

In Alaska

• 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.

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