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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Alaska History

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1. On September 7, 1979, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Prince William Sound in Alaska, causing widespread destruction and the deaths of 13 people. The earthquake caused a massive tsunami that hit the coastal town of Valdez, completely destroying it.

2. On September 7, 2014, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred in the Aleutian Islands in Southwest Alaska. Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries or damage.

3. September 7, 1956 marked the opening of the first international airport in Anchorage, Alaska. The airport was a major hub for military and commercial flights, and played a vital role in the growth of the state.

4. On September 7, 1986, Willie Hensley became the first Alaska Native to win a primary election for the state Senate. Hensley was a major advocate for Native Alaskan rights and played a crucial role in the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971.

5. September 7, 2008 was a significant date in Alaskan politics, as Sarah Palin made her first appearance on the national stage as the Republican vice-presidential candidate. Despite the controversy that surrounded Palin's nomination, many Alaskans were proud to see one of their own on the national stage.
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