This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

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 1971, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was at Prospect Creek. It was minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the nation

• In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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

In the world

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

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

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