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5 Fun Facts About November 1 In Alaska History

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1. Alaska became a state: November 1 marks a significant day in Alaska history as it was on this date in 1959 that Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America.

2. The Iditarod Trail was established: In 1910, the Iditarod Trail was established as a mail and supply route between Seward and Nome in Alaska. Today, it is used for recreational purposes and hosts the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

3. The Alaska Highway was completed: On November 1, 1942, the Alaska Highway was officially completed. The highway stretches from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction, Alaska, covering a distance of over 1,500 miles.

4. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed: On November 1, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The act provided a framework for the settlement of land and financial claims by Alaska Native people and paved the way for the formation of Native corporations.

5. The Great Alaska Earthquake: On March 27, 1964, the Great Alaska Earthquake, also known as the Good Friday earthquake, occurred. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 9.2, lasted for almost four minutes and is considered one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history. The earthquake resulted in significant damage to infrastructure and loss of life.
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