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In 1898, President McKinley approved an act of Congress granting a right-of-way to the White Pass Railway.
In 1939, noted musher Charles "Slim" Williams began his trip from Fairbanks to the World's Fair in New York, travelling by motorcycle along the proposed route of the International American-Canadian Highway.
In 1949, the Federal Housing Administration announced its first commitment to insure a mortgage in the Alaskan Housing Project, the Turnagain Apartments in Anchorage.
In the nation
In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
In 1942, Congress voted to establish the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps.
In 1973, the United States launched Skylab I, its first manned space station.
In 1997, jurors at the Timothy McVeigh trial in Denver saw surveillance pictures of a Ryder truck moving toward the Oklahoma City federal building minutes before a bomb blew the place apart.
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter addressed Cubans in an unprecedented hour of live, uncensored television - telling them that their country did not meet international standards of democracy.
In 2006, Aras Baskauskas, a 24-year-old yoga instructor from Santa Monica, Calif., won "Survivor: Panama, Exile Island," the 12th edition of the CBS reality show.
In the world
In 1607, English colonists went ashore in Virginia to begin building a permanent settlement, named Jamestown after England's King James I.
In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XV.
In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox to 8-year-old James Phipps by using cowpox matter.
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