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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Alaska History

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1. In 1913, the first airplane flight over Alaska took place on January 13, when pilot Charles "Pete" Christensen flew from Fairbanks to the mining camp of Chatanika.

2. On January 13, 1932, the temperature in Prospect Creek, Alaska dropped to -80°F, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States.

3. The Alaska Highway, a major route connecting Alaska to the rest of North America, was officially opened on January 13, 1943. The construction of the highway began in 1942 as a military effort during World War II.

4. On January 13, 1964, Alaska experienced the strongest earthquake ever recorded in North America, with a magnitude of 9.2. The earthquake caused widespread damage and a tsunami that affected coastal communities.

5. A significant oil discovery was made on January 13, 1968, when the first well was drilled at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North Slope. The discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay would transform Alaska's economy and have a significant impact on the state's history.
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