This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1964, 12 drivers and three 1964 Ford Comets arrived in Fairbanks, finishing a 16,287-mile, 40-day durability test run from Cape Horn, South America.

• In 1974, the Concorde Supersonic Jetliner landed in Anchorage as part of a series of test flights prior to certification for commercial flights.

In the nation

• In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling Price's army in Missouri.

• In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

• In 1946, the U.N. General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.

• In 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.

• In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

• In 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-peace agreement at the White House. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, was shot and killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, N.Y.

• In 2002, President Bush signed the biggest military spending increase since Ronald Reagan's administration - a $355.5 billion package.

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