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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Alaska History

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1. In 1916, the Alaska Territorial Legislature authorized the establishment of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, now known as the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2. In 1988, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race started from Willow, Alaska, with 76 mushers competing in the 1,049-mile race to Nome.

3. In 2002, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands chain, causing a tsunami that reached the shores of Hawaii and Japan.

4. In 2019, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill to rename a controversial Alaska mountain from "Mount McKinley" to "Denali," which is the name used by Alaska Native groups.

5. In 2020, the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved measures to reduce the amount of hatchery-released pink salmon in the state's commercial fishing areas, in an effort to protect wild salmon populations.
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