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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Alaska History

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1. On June 1, 1926, the Alaska Highway Commission was established to oversee the construction of a military highway through the territory during World War II. The highway allowed for easier transportation of military personnel and supplies, and also opened up new opportunities for civilian travel and commerce.

2. On June 1, 1954, the Alaska Constitutional Convention began its 75-day session in Fairbanks. The convention brought together 55 delegates from across the territory to draft a constitution for the future state of Alaska, which was approved by the residents and the US Congress the following year.

3. On June 1, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption in neighboring Washington State caused ashfall in several parts of Alaska, especially in the southeast. The ash affected flights and caused respiratory issues for some residents, highlighting the interconnectedness and vulnerability of the natural environment.

4. On June 1, 2015, President Barack Obama officially changed the name of Mount McKinley to Denali, which means "the high one" in Athabascan. The mountain had been known as Denali by Alaska Natives for thousands of years, but had been named after former President William McKinley in 1896.

5. On June 1, 2020, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced a new health mandate lifting many of the state's coronavirus restrictions and allowing businesses to reopen with certain health protocols in place. The announcement came as the state continued to grapple with the pandemic and sought to balance public health concerns with the economic needs of the community.
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