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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Alaska History

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1. In 1918, Alaska celebrated Armistice Day on November 11. At the end of World War I, the ceasefire took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and this became an important day of remembrance in Alaska and around the world.

2. In 1972, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law on November 11. This landmark legislation provided for the settlement of Alaska Native land claims, which had been a source of tension and conflict for decades. The act also established a system of regional Native corporations to manage the land and resources, and provided compensation to Alaska Natives for historical injustices.

3. In 1987, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred on November 11. The tanker, owned by Exxon Mobil Corporation, ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the waters and causing widespread damage to the environment and wildlife. The spill remains one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.

4. In 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Alaska on November 11. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centered in the Gulf of Alaska, and was felt throughout the state. While there were no reports of serious damage or injuries, the earthquake served as a reminder of Alaska's vulnerability to seismic activity.

5. In 2019, the Alaska Veterans Museum opened in Anchorage on November 11. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history and stories of Alaska's veterans, and features exhibits on the state's military history from the Spanish-American War to the present day. The opening of the museum on Veterans Day was a fitting tribute to Alaska's veterans and their service to the nation.
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