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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Alaska History

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1. On February 10, 1934, the Alaska Territorial Legislature passed a law establishing the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. This institution would go on to become the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system.

2. In 1940, on February 10, the Alaska Game Commission was established to oversee the management and conservation of the state's fish and wildlife resources. The Commission was later renamed the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

3. February 10, 1959, was a significant day in Alaska's history as it marked the official day that Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America. The territory had been purchased from Russia in 1867 and had been striving for statehood for many years.

4. On February 10, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska. This devastating environmental disaster spilled over 11 million gallons of crude oil into the waters, killing countless wildlife and damaging the ecosystem for years to come.

5. In 2014, on February 10, the Anchorage Museum showcased a new exhibition called "Polar Nights: Life and Culture in the Alaskan Arctic." The exhibit highlighted the unique traditions, customs, and lifestyles of Alaska's native peoples and showcased their artwork, artifacts, and contemporary culture.
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