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5 Fun Facts About April 20 In Alaska History

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1. In 1912, the first train arrived in Fairbanks, opening up the area for increased travel and development.

2. On April 20, 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, providing compensation for Alaska Natives for the use of their land by the United States government.

3. In 1988, a massive fire in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley destroyed over 400 homes and caused millions of dollars in damages.

4. On April 20, 2006, the Aleutian Islands were hit by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, causing a tsunami warning for the area.

5. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to increased scrutiny of oil drilling practices in Alaska's North Slope region.
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