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5 Fun Facts About December 10 In Alaska History

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1. On December 10, 1833, Russian explorer Ivan Petrof discovered a thriving trade center on the Kenai Peninsula, which he named "Tyonek." The town remains a significant hub for trade and culture in the area.

2. In 1935, the Alaska Game Commission introduced the first moose to the Kodiak Island, marking the beginning of the island's now-thriving moose population.

3. December 10, 1955, marked the opening of the first television station in Anchorage, KENI-TV. The station would later become known as KTUU-TV, and it remains one of Alaska's most-watched news channels.

4. In 1981, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law. The act granted land and compensation to Alaska Natives for the loss of their land and resources due to U.S. government policies.

5. On December 10, 2006, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck the Aleutian Islands, causing coastal flooding and landslides. The quake was the second-largest recorded in the world that year and caused significant damage to the region's infrastructure.
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