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5 Fun Facts About January 21 In Alaska History

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1. In 1906, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, Washington, featuring exhibits and displays highlighting Alaska's culture, resources, and natural beauty.

2. In 1916, a monument was erected in Sitka, Alaska, to honor the Russian-American Company, who founded the settlement in 1799, marking a significant moment in Alaska's history.

3. In 1959, Alaska was officially admitted as the 49th state to the United States of America, following a long period of negotiations and territorial status.

4. In 2009, the Port of Anchorage officially broke ground on a massive expansion project that aimed to modernize the port to better accommodate larger cargo ships and increase economic growth in the region.

5. In 2020, the Alaskan volcano Mount Pavlof erupted, spewing ash and lava into the air and causing flight cancellations and evacuations in nearby communities. The eruption served as a reminder of the state's powerful and unpredictable natural forces.
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