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5 Fun Facts About February 9 In Alaska History

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1. In 1917, the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded in Sitka, becoming the oldest and largest Alaska Native organization in the state. The organization was established to promote and protect the civil rights of Alaska Native people.

2. On February 9, 1969, the first section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was laid near Prudhoe Bay. The pipeline spans over 800 miles and transports crude oil from North Slope oil fields to Valdez, where it is loaded onto tankers for shipment.

3. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound. The oil tanker ran aground and released over 11 million gallons of crude oil into the water, causing widespread environmental devastation. The cleanup efforts lasted for several years and the incident led to significant policy changes in the shipping industry.

4. On February 9, 2001, the Alaska Volcano Observatory was established to monitor and study the state's many active and potentially dangerous volcanoes. The observatory, which is a collaboration of several scientific organizations, provides real-time monitoring and alerts for volcanic activity.

5. In 2018, February 9 was declared "Elizabeth Peratrovich Day" in Alaska. Peratrovich was a Tlingit Alaska Native and civil rights leader who played a major role in the passage of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and religion. The day honors her contributions to Alaska Native civil rights and her legacy continues to inspire advocates for equality and justice today.
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