This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

In Alaska

• In 1913, the bill creating the Alaska Pioneers Home was approved by Walter E. Clark, governor of the Territory of Alaska.

• In 1940, Juneau changed its clocks to Seattle time, 14 years after Ketchikan led the way.

• In 1967, while the rest of the United States went on Daylight Savings Time, Alaska remained on Standard Time, due to a one-year exemption from the Uniform Time Act.

• In 1975, former Gov. William Egan accepted a job managing a pension fund for the Electrical Workers Union and the Electrical Contractors Association.

In the nation

• In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

• In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million.

• In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.

• In 1968, New York City police forcibly removed student demonstrators occupying five buildings at Columbia University.

• In 1970, President Nixon announced the U.S. was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest.

• In 1973, President Nixon announced the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean.

• In 1998, President Clinton questioned the conduct of Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr and dismissed Republican challenges to his own character as "high level static."

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