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5 Fun Facts About December 22 In Alaska History

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1. On December 22, 1964, the largest earthquake in North American history struck Alaska. Known as the Great Alaska Earthquake, it had a magnitude of 9.2 and caused massive destruction and loss of life.

2. In 1955, the Arctic village of Kiana was established on December 22. Located in the northwestern part of the state, it is home to around 400 people and is known for its traditional subsistence lifestyle.

3. December 22, 1997, marked the opening of the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. It is one of the premier ski resorts in the United States and features top-notch facilities and amenities.

4. On this day in 1969, the Alaska Permanent Fund was established. This investment fund uses a portion of the state's oil revenues to provide dividends to eligible Alaska residents on an annual basis.

5. December 22, 1944, saw the completion of the Ladd Army Airfield in Fairbanks. This airport played a critical role in the transportation of troops and supplies during World War II and continues to serve as a vital transportation hub for the state.
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