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In 1932, the White Pass Railroad's roundhouse shops burned at Skagway.
In 1940, plans to construct Elmendorf Air Force Base at Anchorage were announced in Washington, D.C.
In 1979, 70 mph winds and near zero-degree temperatures ravaged Anchorage.
In the nation
In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.
In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington.
In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.
In 1968, "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver was first published.
In 1973, the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.
In 1996, Bob Dole eked out a victory in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, while Pat Buchanan came in a surprisingly strong second.
In 1999, the Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.
In 2001, the NEAR spacecraft touched down on Eros, completing the first landing on an asteroid. Scientists published their first examinations of nearly all the human genetic code. A federal appeals court ruled the Internet service Napster had to prevent users from swapping copyrighted music without charge.
In 2005, former presidential candidate Howard Dean was elected the national Democratic chairman during the party's winter meeting. "The Gates," a 16-day art exhibit created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, debuted in New York's Central Park with the unfurling of saffron-colored fabric banners suspended in 16-foot-high frames.
In the world
In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who'd claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.
In 1733, English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.
In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.