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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Alaska History

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1. The 1965 earthquake: On November 8, 1965, Alaska experienced a serious earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1. This earthquake was significant as it was followed by many aftershocks creating a notable regional seismic activity.

2. Native land claims: On November 8, 1974, Alaska Governor William A. Egan signed into law the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which settled native land claims, distributed land titles and compensation to Native communities around the state.

3. Presidential elections: Several U.S presidential elections have taken place on November 8, including in 1910 when William Howard Taft was elected, followed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, Richard Nixon in 1960, and Barack Obama in 2016.

4. Start of the sled dog race: November 8, 2015, marked the beginning of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an annual event that attracts thousands of spectators and competitors from around the world.

5. The first hospital in the state: On November 8, 1873, the first hospital in Alaska was established. It was built by the Russian-America Company in Sitka and was initially meant to treat sailors and employees of the company. Today, Sitka still has a hospital, but it has been expanded to serve the city and surrounding communities.
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