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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Alaska History

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1. On August 29, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the Katmai National Monument in Alaska. The monument was created to protect the area surrounding the volcanic Mount Katmai and its neighboring Novarupta volcano, which erupted in 1912.

2. In 1958, the Alaska Statehood Act was signed on August 29 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, officially making Alaska the 49th state of the United States. The act granted Alaska full statehood and allowed for the development of its vast natural resources.

3. On August 29, 1986, a Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed into a mountain near Anchorage, Alaska, killing all 15 people onboard. The plane was carrying a shipment of cement and had experienced mechanical problems before the crash.

4. In 2011, the first commercial flight landed at the newly constructed runway at the remote village of Akutan, Alaska on August 29. The project had been in development for nearly a decade due to the challenging weather conditions and location on a volcanic island.

5. August 29, 2019 marked 14 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Although Alaska was not directly impacted by the hurricane, Alaskan residents played a significant role in assisting with relief efforts and providing support for those affected by the disaster.
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