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5 Fun Facts About July 15 In Alaska History

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1. Alaska Executive Order 156 was signed on July 15, 1985, establishing the Alaska Minerals Commission to advise the Governor and Legislature on issues related to mineral development and land-use planning.

2. On July 15, 1912, the community of Seldovia, Alaska was nearly destroyed by a massive tsunami caused by the eruption of Mt. Katmai on the Alaska Peninsula.

3. July 15, 1958 marked the official opening of the Midnight Sun Game, an annual baseball game played in Fairbanks during the summer solstice.

4. The first flight of a commercial airliner, a Boeing 314, landed in Anchorage on July 15, 1940, marking the beginning of regular commercial air service to Alaska.

5. The Alaska State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the United States, officially opens in Palmer, Alaska on July 15 each year, running for two weeks and featuring everything from carnival rides to agricultural exhibits.
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