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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In Alaska History

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1. In 1910, the Seward Peninsula was struck by a massive storm on January 16, causing widespread devastation and loss of life. The storm, known as the Great Bering Blizzard, was one of the most severe in Alaska's history.

2. On January 16, 1920, Alaska's capital city of Juneau was officially incorporated. Today, the city is home to a thriving tourism industry and is a hub for government and business in the state.

3. In 1964, a powerful earthquake struck Alaska on January 16, registering a magnitude of 9.2 on the Richter scale. The quake, which lasted several minutes, caused widespread damage and triggered a massive tsunami that devastated coastal communities.

4. On January 16, 1983, the brand new Anchorage International Airport opened its doors for the first time. The airport, which has since become one of the busiest in the state, replaced an older facility that was deemed inadequate for the city's growing needs.

5. In 2001, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the ocean off the coast of California on January 16, killing all 88 people on board. The accident was caused by a faulty control mechanism that had been installed on the aircraft, and led to significant changes in the way airlines maintain and inspect their planes.
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