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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Alaska History

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1. In 1982, a record high temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Anchorage on February 27. This broke the previous record for the warmest February day in the city's history.

2. On February 27, 1934, the first commercial flight from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska was completed by Alaska Airlines. The flight took six hours to complete and carried mail and cargo.

3. In 1964, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 struck near Anchorage on February 27. The earthquake caused widespread destruction and tsunamis that affected the entire coast of Alaska, as well as Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

4. February 27, 1959 marked the day that Alaska officially became a state of the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into law on this day, and Alaska was admitted to the Union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

5. On February 27, 1994, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in Anchorage. The Iditarod is a 1,000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome that commemorates the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which dog sled teams were used to transport diphtheria antitoxin to the remote Alaskan town.
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