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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In Alaska History

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1. In 1958, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States on June 29th. This day is now celebrated as Statehood Day in Alaska and is a public holiday.

2. On June 29, 1972, a Boeing 737 operated by Alaska Airlines crashed into the side of a mountain near Juneau, killing all 111 passengers and crew on board. The cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error.

3. The Alaska Marine Highway System, a network of ferries that links Alaska's coastal communities, was officially launched on June 29, 1963. The system is considered to be the largest ferry network in the world.

4. On June 29, 1994, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) reached the milestone of transporting its 10 billionth barrel of crude oil from Alaska's North Slope to the Port of Valdez. The pipeline is 800 miles long and is considered one of the engineering wonders of the world.

5. The town of Anchorage, Alaska experienced a record high temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit on June 29, 2013. This was the warmest temperature ever recorded in Anchorage, which is located in a typically cooler, sub-arctic climate zone.
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