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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Alaska History

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1. On September 8, 1915, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck the Aleutian Islands, causing significant damage to the local infrastructure and displacing many residents.

2. September 8, 1944 marked the tragic crash of a USAAF B-24 Liberator bomber on Mount Gannett in Alaska, resulting in the deaths of all 13 crew members on board.

3. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which would later have a significant impact on the state's indigenous communities, was introduced in Congress on September 8, 1969.

4. On September 8, 1971, the first class of students arrived at the University of Alaska Southeast, which had been established just two years earlier.

5. September 8, 2008 saw the unveiling of a new memorial in Anchorage to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the 11 Alaskans who lost their lives.
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