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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Alaska History

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1. In 1916, the Alaska Packers' Association (APA) was incorporated on February 7, becoming one of the largest fishing companies in the world. The APA played a significant role in the development of the seafood industry in Alaska, including the establishment of many canneries and processing plants throughout the state.

2. On February 7, 1943, the USS Dorchester, a troop transport ship carrying over 900 soldiers and crew members, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Greenland. Approximately 650 men died, including four chaplains who gave up their life jackets to save others and are now remembered as the "Four Immortal Chaplains."

3. February 7, 1950, marks the inception of University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) as a community college. UAA has since grown into a larger institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as research opportunities across various fields of study.

4. On February 7, 1971, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race held its first official start in Anchorage. The race has since become an iconic annual event, covering over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, and attracting mushers and spectators from around the world.

5. In 1984, on February 7, a massive snowfall of 15 feet occurred in Cordova, Alaska, causing widespread damage and closing the town's only airport, leading to a state of emergency declaration by the governor. The town's residents and emergency responders were recognized for their efforts in dealing with the extreme weather conditions.
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