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5 Fun Facts About July 30 In Alaska History

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1. In 1917, the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded, which was a non-profit organization created to address the needs of Alaska Natives. It was established in Sitka, Alaska, and is the oldest and largest Native organization in the state.

2. In 1956, the United States Congress passed the Alaska Statehood Act, which officially admitted Alaska into the Union as the 49th state. The act was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 30, 1958.

3. In 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed, which settled land and financial claims made by Alaska Natives. The act transferred over 44 million acres and nearly one billion dollars to Alaska Natives, making it the largest land settlement in U.S. history.

4. In 1980, the Mount St. Helens eruption in Washington state caused ash to fall in many parts of Alaska, including Anchorage and Fairbanks. The eruption was one of the most significant volcanic events in U.S. history and caused widespread devastation.

5. In 2014, a wildfire known as the Funny River Fire broke out on the Kenai Peninsula, burning over 193,000 acres of land. The fire was started by a human, and it took firefighters over a month to contain the blaze. It was considered one of the largest wildfires in Alaska's history.
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