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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Alaska History

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1. In 1895, the first issue of the Alaska-Yukon Magazine was published in Skagway, Alaska. This magazine focused on news and events in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, which was experiencing a gold rush at the time.

2. On July 25, 1943, the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Army and Canadian Army forces stationed on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The Battle of the Aleutian Islands lasted for over a year and was the only battle fought on U.S. soil during World War II.

3. In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington state, causing ash to rain down on parts of Alaska. The ashfall was so severe that it caused disruptions to air travel and forced schools to close.

4. On July 25, 2003, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) celebrated its 25th anniversary. The pipeline is a major piece of infrastructure in Alaska that helps transport oil from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to the Valdez marine terminal.

5. In 2013, a wildfire known as the Funny River Fire broke out on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The fire burned for several weeks and destroyed over 200,000 acres of land, making it one of the largest wildfires in state history.
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