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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Alaska History

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1. On September 6, 1917, the Alaska Territorial Legislature passed a bill to create the Alaska Road Commission. The commission was responsible for constructing and maintaining roads throughout the territory, a crucial step in the development of Alaska's transportation infrastructure.

2. September 6, 1954 marked the first commercial flight of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser to Alaska. The aircraft, which could carry up to 100 passengers, played an important role in developing air travel in the state and connecting Alaska to the rest of the world.

3. In 1985, a major earthquake struck Alaska on September 6. The quake, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale, caused widespread damage and landslides throughout the state.

4. September 6, 2002 saw the opening of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport's new Terminal B. The terminal, which cost over $100 million to build, features modern amenities and expanded capacity for passengers and cargo.

5. On September 6, 2019, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a state of emergency due to a record-breaking heat wave and wildfires across the state. The emergency declaration allowed the state to access federal resources and mobilize firefighters to combat the blazes.
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