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5 Fun Facts About November 20 In Alaska History

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1. Alaska Native Brotherhood Founded: On November 20, 1912, the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) was founded in Sitka, Alaska. It was the first Native American civil-rights organization established in the United States.

2. Alaska Statehood Proclamation: On November 20, 1958, Alaska Governor Mike Stepovich signed the Alaska Statehood proclamation, formally declaring Alaska as the 49th state of the United States.

3. Alaska Route 11 renamed: On November 20, 1982, Alaska Route 11 was renamed the Tok Cut-Off Highway. This highway spans over 130 miles from Tok to Slana, and was renamed to honor the construction of the original cut-off route.

4. Great Alaska Earthquake: On November 20, 1964, one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history struck Alaska. The Great Alaska Earthquake, as it came to be called, measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and caused widespread damage, including a devastating tsunami that killed 124 people.

5. Governor Sarah Palin's Birthday: Finally, on November 20, 1964, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. Palin served as Alaska's Governor from 2006-2009, and was also the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee in 2008.
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