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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Alaska History

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1. On October 6, 1964, a massive earthquake measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale struck Alaska. It remains the most powerful earthquake recorded in North America and the second largest in the world.

2. On October 6, 1951, the University of Alaska Fairbanks was established as a land-grant institution, becoming the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System.

3. In 1981, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau opened a new exhibit titled "Art of Alaska: An American Heritage," featuring artwork from Eskimo, Aleut, and Indian cultures, as well as contemporary artists.

4. On October 6, 1975, legendary Alaskan aviator Wiley Post was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation, including developing the first pressure suit and making the first solo flight around the world.

5. In 1949, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra performed its inaugural concert on October 6, marking the beginning of a cultural institution that has been entertaining Alaskans for over seven decades.
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