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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In Alaska History

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1. In 1915, the famous dog sled race, the All Alaska Sweepstakes, was won by Scotty Allan on June 8. The race, which started in Nome and ended in Candle, covered a distance of over 408 miles.

2. On June 8, 1959, Alaska officially became the 49th state of the United States of America. The statehood proclamation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the occasion was celebrated with parades, fireworks, and other festivities.

3. In 1993, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System transported its 12 billionth barrel of crude oil on June 8. The pipeline, which stretches over 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, has been a crucial part of Alaska's economy since its completion in 1977.

4. The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a museum and cultural center in Anchorage, opened on June 8, 1999. The center showcases the rich history and traditions of Alaska's indigenous peoples through exhibits, performances, and other educational programs.

5. On June 8, 2003, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Aleutian Islands. The earthquake, which was one of the largest ever recorded in Alaska, generated a tsunami that caused damage and disruption along the Aleutian and Alaska coastlines. Despite its size and intensity, the earthquake did not cause any fatalities or serious injuries.
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