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5 Fun Facts About March 5 In Alaska History

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1. On March 5, 1964, the Great Alaska Earthquake occurred, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale. It remains the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history.
2. In 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law on March 5, which provided Indigenous people in Alaska with land rights and payment of almost $1 billion.
3. On March 5, 1955, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was first run, covering over 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. It has since become a legendary event in Alaska culture.
4. The first newspaper in Alaska, the Eskimo Bulletin, was established on March 5, 1936, providing a voice for Alaska Native communities.
5. March 5, 1913 marked the beginning of the First Alaska Legislative Session, where the territory's lawmakers worked on establishing administrative bodies and drafting laws for the young government.
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