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5 Fun Facts About April 25 In Alaska History

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1. On April 25, 1882, the first issue of the Alaska Times newspaper was published in Sitka. The newspaper focused on news about Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

2. In 1945, on April 25, the US Army established the Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge to protect the habitat and wildlife of the Aleutian Islands. It was later designated as a wilderness area in 1980.

3. On April 25, 1975, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law by President Gerald Ford. The act settled land claims and provided financial compensation to Alaska Native people for lands they had lost.

4. In 1984, on April 25, the Alyeska Resort opened in Girdwood, Alaska, offering ski slopes and luxury accommodations. It has since become a popular destination for winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts.

5. On April 25, 1996, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck near Valdez, Alaska, causing significant damage to infrastructure and homes in the area. The earthquake was felt as far away as Anchorage, about 100 miles away.
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