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5 Fun Facts About February 25 In Alaska History

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1. On February 25, 1952, a massive earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck the city of Fairbanks, Alaska. It was the largest earthquake recorded in North American history at the time and caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure in the area.

2. In 1909, the first official dog sled race known as the All Alaska Sweepstakes was held on February 25. The race covered over 400 miles from Nome to Candle and became an annual event that drew mushers from across the state.

3. The Alaska Territorial Legislature was established on February 25, 1913. This legislative body was responsible for governing the territory until it became the 49th state of the United States in 1959.

4. The Anchorage Daily News was first published on February 25, 1946. It quickly became the state's largest newspaper and has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of Alaskan news and events over the years.

5. February 25 is also the birthday of Elizabeth Peratrovich, a civil rights leader and activist who fought for the rights of Native Alaskans. She played a pivotal role in the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, which granted land and financial compensation to Indigenous peoples in Alaska.
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