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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Alaska History

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1. The US Congress passed the Alaska Statehood Act on March 2, 1959, which proclaimed Alaska as the 49th state of the USA. This was an important event in Alaska's history, as it marked the end of its territorial status and its journey towards becoming a state with full rights and privileges.

2. March 2, 1929, was the day when the tallest volcano in North America, Mount St. Elias, was measured for the first time. The measurement was taken by the crew of a U.S. Navy aircraft, and it was found that the peak of the mountain stands at 18,009 feet above sea level.

3. On March 2, 1943, the Japanese Imperial Army attacked and captured the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska, which were then under American control. This was the first time since the War of 1812 that foreign soil had been invaded by an enemy force on American territory, and it led to a year-long battle for the islands that resulted in the death of over 2,300 troops.

4. March 2, 1965, marks the day when the Great Alaska Earthquake took place, which was the second-largest earthquake ever recorded. The earthquake had a magnitude of 9.2 on the Richter scale and lasted for several minutes. The quake caused a massive tsunami that killed over 100 people and destroyed numerous coastal towns and villages.

5. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which is perhaps the most famous dog sled race in the world, traditionally begins on the first Saturday in March with a ceremonial start in Anchorage. The race covers over 1,000 miles of Alaskan wilderness and is a test of endurance and skill for both dogs and mushers. The first Iditarod was held on March 2, 1973, and since then, it has become an annual event that draws spectators and competitors from all over the world.
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