This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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 1930, St. Marks Hospital and School at Nenana was destroyed by fire.

• In 1963, the 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 oil 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 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 Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

• In 1998, fighting scandal allegations involving Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton assured his Cabinet during a meeting that he was innocent and urged them to concentrate on their jobs. A judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced Aimal Khan Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people. (Kasi was executed in November 2002.)

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