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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In Alaska History

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1. In 1948, the Alaskan Highway officially opened, connecting Alaska to Canada and the continental United States. The highway was built as a military route during World War II and played a crucial role in transporting troops and supplies.

2. On June 24, 1900, gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska. This led to the Nome Gold Rush, which brought thousands of prospectors to the area and helped to establish Nome as a major hub for mining in Alaska.

3. In 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed on June 24. This legislation granted land and financial compensation to Alaska Natives for the loss of traditional lands and resources due to colonization and development.

4. On June 24, 2011, the Pogo Mine in Alaska was ordered to shut down after a spill of 3,000 gallons of mine tailings. The mine had previously been cited for multiple violations of environmental regulations.

5. In 1983, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska on June 24. The earthquake, which was the largest in the region in over 100 years, caused a tsunami that devastated coastal communities in Alaska and caused damage as far away as California.
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