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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Alaska History

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1. In 1935, the Matanuska Valley Colony project began in Alaska, where 200 families from the Midwest were relocated to Alaska as part of the New Deal program.

2. In 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska, known as the Great Alaska Earthquake, causing widespread damage and resulting in over 130 deaths.

3. In 1979, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began operation, transporting crude oil from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope to Valdez on the southern coast.

4. In 2011, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began, a 1,000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, that takes place every March.

5. In 2018, residents in Alaska were startled by a false missile alert that mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile, causing panic and confusion before it was confirmed to be a false alarm.
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