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5 Fun Facts About January 10 In Alaska History

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1. The Great Alaska earthquake occurred on January 10, 1954, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. It was the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America and caused significant damage in Alaska and the surrounding areas.

2. In 1869, the First Alaska State Legislature convened for the first time on January 10. This marked an important step in Alaska's road to statehood, which would not be achieved until 1959.

3. In 1911, the first successful airplane flight in Alaska was made on January 10 by aviation pioneer Ben Eielson. He flew his plane from Fairbanks to the mining town of Goldstream and back, a distance of about 18 miles.

4. On January 10, 1949, the Alaska Territorial Board of Game passed a law requiring all hunting guides to be licensed. This helped to regulate the hunting industry and preserve Alaska's abundant wildlife.

5. In 1963, the small town of Whittier in Alaska experienced a devastating fire on January 10 that destroyed several buildings and killed several people. The fire was caused by a heater malfunction and resulted in significant changes to the town's building codes and safety regulations.
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