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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Alaska History

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1. In 1915, a severe 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska and caused significant damage in Anchorage and Valdez. This earthquake, known as the Shoup Bay earthquake, was one of the largest in Alaska's history at the time.

2. On February 6, 1925, a diphtheria outbreak hit the small town of Nome, Alaska. With no antitoxin available in the area, the town's doctor and a team of sled dog mushers embarked on a 674-mile journey to retrieve the antitoxin from Nenana. This heroic effort became known as the "Great Race of Mercy."

3. In 1959, the United States Congress approved Alaska's statehood on February 6. This marked the end of a long battle for Alaska to become the 49th state in the union.

4. February 6, 1981, marked the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This annual race covers over 1,000 miles across the Alaskan wilderness with mushers and their dogs battling the elements to reach the finish line in Nome.

5. On February 6, 2008, a massive storm hit Alaska, causing widespread power outages and damage. The winds reached up to 100 miles per hour in some areas, and the storm caused several deaths and millions of dollars in damage.
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