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5 Fun Facts About March 4 In Alaska History

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1) On March 4, 1959, Alaska was officially recognized as a U.S. state, becoming the 49th state to join the union.

2) In 1913, the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded in Sitka on March 4, with the mission of advocating for the rights and interests of Alaska Natives.

3) On March 4, 1942, the U.S. Army established the Alaska Highway, a 1,500-mile roadway stretching from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska. The highway played a crucial role in the defense and transportation of the U.S. during World War II.

4) In 1964, Alaska experienced the largest recorded earthquake in North American history on March 4, measuring at 9.2 magnitude on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused widespread damage and triggered a tsunami that affected the Pacific coast of North America.

5) March 4, 2019 marked the start of the ceremonial Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. The annual event covers over 1,000 miles of rugged terrain and is known as the "last great race" due to its challenging nature and emphasis on traditional dog sled transportation.
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