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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Alaska History

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1. In 1942, Japanese forces attacked the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, beginning the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. The invasion resulted in the deaths of over 1,300 American and Japanese soldiers.

2. On June 13, 1867, a treaty between Russia and the United States was signed in Sitka, Alaska, which transferred ownership of Alaska from Russia to the United States. This event is celebrated as Alaska Day every October 18.

3. June 13, 1971, marked the founding of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which resolved land claims and provided compensation to Alaska Natives for the abrogation of their aboriginal land rights by the US government.

4. On June 13, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the area near the Alaska Peninsula, causing landslides and tsunami warnings. Fortunately, there were no significant injuries or fatalities reported.

5. In 1925, a serum delivery mission was launched from Nenana, Alaska, to Nome to deliver medicine to combat a diphtheria outbreak. The mission involved a relay of dog sled teams, which is now known as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. On June 13 of that year, a statue of Balto, the lead dog on the final leg of the relay, was dedicated in New York City's Central Park.
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