This Day in History

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• 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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