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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In Alaska History

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1. On March 14, 1964, Alaska experienced the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale. Known as the Great Alaska Earthquake, it caused extensive damage across the state, including a massive tsunami that devastated coastal communities.

2. March 14, 1958, marked the opening of the first commercial oil well in Alaska, at Swanson River on the Kenai Peninsula. This discovery helped launch Alaska's petroleum industry and transformed the state's economy.

3. In 1912, on March 14, Alaska became the first U.S. territory to grant women the right to vote. This important milestone in American women's suffrage paved the way for the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

4. On March 14, 1935, the Matanuska Colony Project was established in Alaska as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program. The project aimed to resettle struggling farmers from the Midwest to Alaska, where they could receive land and resources to start a new life.

5. In 1990, on March 14, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, when the oil tanker ran aground and spilled over 10 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine Alaskan waters. This disaster had a significant impact on the environment and economy of Alaska and prompted major changes in oil spill prevention and response worldwide.
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