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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Alaska History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about February 11 in Alaska history:

1. In 1929, the deadliest earthquake in Alaskan history occurred on February 11, with a magnitude of 7.8. The quake caused severe damage to the Alaska Railroad and resulted in several deaths.

2. In 1972, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law on February 11. The act settled land and financial claims of Alaska Natives and transformed the relationship between the federal government and Native Alaskans.

3. On February 11, 1938, a blizzard struck the town of Chenega, Alaska, destroying the village and killing two-thirds of its population. It remains one of the worst disasters in Alaskan history.

4. February 11, 1913, marked the first flight of the first airplane in Alaska, a Curtiss seaplane flown by James J. Parsons in Sitka.

5. In 2014, on February 11, the world's longest sled dog race, the Iditarod, began in Anchorage. The race covers over 1,000 miles across Alaska and takes approximately 9-15 days to complete.
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