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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Alaska History

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1. In 1867, the United States formally took possession of Alaska from Russia, completing a deal known as the Alaska Purchase.

2. In 1912, the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded in Sitka. It is the oldest indigenous civil rights organization in the United States.

3. In 1935, the first hospital in Anchorage opened its doors. It was called the Anchorage Hospital and had 18 beds.

4. In 1961, the Fairbanks flood occurred, causing significant damage to the city. The flood was the result of heavy rainfall and the failure of the Chena River Dam.

5. In 2002, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the central coast of Alaska, causing widespread damage and several fatalities. The earthquake was one of the strongest ever recorded in the region.
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