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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Alaska History

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1. On March 28, 1906, the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) was formed in Sitka. The ANB was established as a civil rights organization for indigenous Alaskans and continues to advocate for Native rights in Alaska today.

2. In 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake occurred in Alaska, which is still the most powerful earthquake in North American history. The earthquake resulted in widespread damage and a tsunami that affected the entire Pacific coastline.

3. March 28, 1989, marks the date of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound in Alaska, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean.

4. On March 28, 1992, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was amended to allow for the creation of 12 regional Native corporations. These corporations were given control over their own land and resources and have become important economic forces in Alaska.

5. March 28, 1999, marked the dedication of the "Portage Glacier Highway," a scenic road that winds through the Chugach National Forest and offers breathtaking views of glaciers and mountains. The highway is a popular tourist attraction in Alaska.
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