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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Alaska History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about October 14 in Alaska's history:

1. In 1929, Alaska Airways was created. The airline company operated for 30 years until it merged with another Alaskan airline, Wien Air Alaska.

2. In 1939, the Alaska Territorial Legislature created the first University of Alaska. It started as a small college and eventually expanded to become the University of Alaska Anchorage.

3. In 1958, Alaska was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in North America. The quake caused significant damage and resulted in a tsunami that killed 5 people in Alaska and several more in California.

4. In 1976, the Anchorage Museum opened its doors to the public. The museum is one of Alaska's largest and most popular cultural attractions, with more than 170,000 visitors annually.

5. In 2018, Alaska's incumbent governor Bill Walker announced that he would not seek re-election, citing a lack of viable path to victory. His announcement came just weeks before the election, which was eventually won by Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy.
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