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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In Alaska History

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1. March 6, 1912, marked the day Alaska became a United States territory. Prior to this, Alaska was governed by Russia until it was purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

2. On March 6, 1985, the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began. The race covers over 1,000 miles of Alaskan terrain and is considered one of the most grueling tests of endurance for both humans and dogs.

3. March 6, 1975, marked the first time that Alaska Airlines began non-stop flights between Anchorage and Seattle, Washington. The airline, which was founded in 1932, continues to be a significant transportation provider in Alaska today.

4. In 1953, on March 6, the United States Air Force successfully launched a V-2 missile from a site near Cape Canaveral, Florida, which landed in Alaska. This was part of a series of experiments to test missile guidance technology.

5. On March 6, 1989, the tanker ship Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. Approximately 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean, severely damaging local wildlife and the economy of the surrounding communities.
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