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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In Alaska History

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1. Pearl Harbor Attack: December 7, 1941, is one of the most infamous dates in American and Alaskan history. On this day, Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, leading the United States to declare war on Japan and ultimately joining World War II.

2. Alaska's Forgotten War: December 7, 1941, also marked the beginning of the Aleutian Campaign, also known as Alaska's Forgotten War. Japan invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, marking the first time that enemy forces occupied American soil since the War of 1812.

3. Alaska Statehood Day: December 7 is also known as Alaska Statehood Day, marking the anniversary of Alaska's admission to the Union in 1959. The 49th state joined the United States after a long struggle for statehood, more than 90 years after it was purchased from Russia in 1867.

4. Good Friday Earthquake: March 27, 1964, is often referred to as the "Good Friday Earthquake," but the quake actually occurred in Alaska on December 7, 1941. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused significant damage to Anchorage and other areas in south-central Alaska, but it was overshadowed by the events of Pearl Harbor.

5. Santa Claus House: The Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, officially opens its doors on December 7 each year, welcoming visitors from around the world to experience the holiday spirit year-round. Visitors can take photos with Santa, send letters to the North Pole, and shop for Christmas gifts and souvenirs.
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