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5 Fun Facts About April 19 In Alaska History

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1. In 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck Alaska on April 19, causing widespread devastation. Known as the Good Friday earthquake, it remains the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history.

2. On April 19, 1945, pilots from the Alaska Air Command flew a daring rescue mission to save survivors of a plane crash on Mount Gannett. The rescue was a success, and all 20 passengers were brought to safety.

3. In 1932, the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded on April 19 in Sitka, Alaska. The organization was formed to advocate for the rights of Alaska Native people and has played an important role in Alaska's political and social history.

4. On April 19, 2010, the Red Dog Mine, one of the world's largest zinc mines, celebrated its 20th anniversary. The mine, located in northwest Alaska, has provided jobs and economic benefits to the region since its opening.

5. In 1953, the Alaska territorial legislature approved the design for the official state seal on April 19. The seal features a polar bear and the North Star, symbolizing Alaska's unique location in the Far North. The motto "North to the Future" was also adopted on this date.
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