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5 Fun Facts About June 5 In Alaska History

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1. In 1878, a US Geological survey team discovered copper in Malaspina Glacier, which would eventually lead to the establishment of the Kennecott Copper Corporation and a mining boom in the area.

2. In 1906, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, featuring exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the resources and culture of Alaska.

3. In 1967, the 800-mile-long Trans Alaska Pipeline was authorized by the US Congress, initiating a decades-long process of planning, construction, and controversy over the project's potential impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.

4. In 2013, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a record of decision approving the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, prompting criticism from environmental and fishing groups concerned about potential impacts on the region's ecosystem and commercial fishing industry.

5. In 2019, the Alaska State Legislature passed a resolution recognizing June 5 as Alaska Wild Salmon Day, honoring the iconic fish that plays a vital role in the state's culture, economy, and ecosystem.
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