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Looking back in Fairbanks - Jan. 20

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 3:45 am | Updated: 1:47 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 2001 — In a deal sparing himself from possible indictment, President Clinton acknowledged Friday for the first time that he had made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky. He also surrendered his law license for five years as part of an arrangement with prosecutors who had pursued him for six years.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1986 — A woman whose two children were released from Vietnam over the weekend has been stocking up on warm clothing in preparation for a reunion on Elmendorf Air Force Base at 7 Tuesday morning.

The children were released to a delegation led by Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski which went to Vietnam to investigate the fate of American servicemen in Southeast Asia.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1961 — For the first time, Alaska had its place among the states today in the inauguration of a president.

Appropriately, the 49th state was represented by a group of Eskimos — 80 members of the unique 1st and 2nd Scout battalions of the Alaska National Guard — in the parade saluting John F. Kennedy as the nation’s 35th president.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1936 — Through a snowstorm, pilot Kenneth Neese of the Star Airways flew from Anchorage to Iliamna and brought back to Anchorage Saturday Gust Affes who had frozen his hands.

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1911 — SEATTLE — The chamber of commerce last night by telegraph urged the congressmen and senators from this state to support the Nelson bill for the leasing of Alaska coal lands. They took this action to offset the bad effects of the ill-advised letters to Washington that Alaska’s interests are against the Nelson bill.

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