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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Alaska History

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1. On February 13, 1958, the United States Air Force established the Alaska Air Command. The command was responsible for the air defense of the Alaska territory during the Cold War.

2. In 1968, February 13 was deemed Alaska Statehood Day, commemorating the day in 1959 when Alaska became the 49th state of the United States.

3. On February 13, 1975, the Anchorage Daily News became the first daily newspaper in Alaska to be published with color photographs.

4. In 1984, on February 13, Alaska Airlines Flight 7 crashed into the Pacific Ocean near California's Channel Islands. The cause of the crash was determined to be a faulty autopilot system.

5. In 2017, February 13 was declared "National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day" by the founder of the holiday, a mother in New York who wanted to create a fun tradition for her children during the long winter months. Alaskans also joined in on the sweet celebration.
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