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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Alaska History

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1. On July 11, 1917, the Anchorage Daily Times newspaper published its first edition. It was a weekly paper at the time and later became a daily publication.
2. On July 11, 1939, the first airplane landing on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska occurred. The flight was part of a government-funded expedition to explore the glacier and surrounding area.
3. On July 11, 1943, the Alaska Highway officially opened to public traffic. The highway was built during World War II to provide a supply route through Canada to Alaska for the U.S. military.
4. On July 11, 1958, the first commercial container ship, the SS Ideal-X, set sail from Port Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas, ushering in the era of containerized shipping. The ship was owned by Malcom McLean, who was born in Maxton, North Carolina on July 14, 1913 - close to July 11.
5. On July 11, 1983, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. It caused significant damage to buildings and roads, but no fatalities.
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