This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2006

In Alaska

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• In 1949, President Harry Truman signed the Alaskan Housing Bill to set up a revolving fund for the Alaska Housing Authority.

• In 1959, the National Education Association announced that Alaska was second in the nation in per pupil expenditures for public schools, at $520. New York was first, spending $535 per student.

• In 1969, reports that the Walter Hickel Highway, otherwise known as the "Ice Road to the North Slope," was under "some 5-feet of water" prompted a resolution in the Alaska State Senate that it should become part of the Alaska Marine Highway system.

In the nation

• In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

• In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss.

• In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.

In the world

• In 1348, King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter.

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