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Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
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"The future is bound to be a bright and useful one. You are no longer an Arctic frontier. You constitute a bridge to the continent of Asia and all of its people." President Dwight D. Eisenhower


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  • 1741 - Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html

  • 1784 - Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html

  • 1834 - Native Aleut population, estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 before Europeans arrived, dropped to 2247 by 1834
    largely due to the introduction of guns and diseases such as smallpox, measles, and tuberculosis.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html

  • 1869 - Sitka Times, first Alaskan newspaper, published

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • 1872 - Gold discovered near Sitka (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • 1888 - More than 60,000 arrived in search for gold (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • (1897 - 1900) Klondike gold rush occurred

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • 1897 - During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content, that miners traded gold for them.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html

  • 1899 - July 30 – The Harriman Alaska Expedition ends successfully.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 30, 1899

  • 1899 - May 31 – Launch of the Harriman Alaska Expedition.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 31, 1899

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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1903 - Alaska-Canada border was established

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

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    Elks Home, Juneau, Alaska
    Postcard
  • 1912 - Mt. Katmai exploded, created Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • 1915 - Record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html

  • News 1935 - August 15 – Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post are killed when Post's plane crashes shortly after takeoff near Barrow, Alaska.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 15. 1935

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    Airview, Fairbanks, Alaska
    Postcard
  • 1942 - October 28 – The Alaska Highway is completed.

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    October 28, 1942

  • February 3, 1947 - The temperature at Tanacross, AK, plunged to a record 75 degrees below zero.

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    4th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska
    Postcard
  • 1959 - Alaska became 49th state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm

  • News 1964 - 21 DEAD, 83 MISSING IN FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE. PROPERTY DAMAGE ESTIMATE AT OVER $350-MILLION.
    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - As Alaskans toiled to dig out from the rubble of Friday's great earthquake, Civil Defense officials listed new casualty...Read MORE...


  • 1964 - March 1 - Thompson Pass, AK, finished the month with 346.1 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the state of Alaska.

    The Weather Channel

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Elks Home, Juneau, Alaska
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  • 1741 - Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
  • 1784 - Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
  • 1834 - Native Aleut population, estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 before Europeans arrived, dropped to 2247 by 1834
    largely due to the introduction of guns and diseases such as smallpox, measles, and tuberculosis.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
  • 1867 - March 30 – Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this "Seward's Folly"
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as "Seward's folly," "Seward's icebox," and President Andrew... Read MORE...

  • 1869 - Sitka Times, first Alaskan newspaper, published

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1872 - Gold discovered near Sitka (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1888 - More than 60,000 arrived in search for gold (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • (1897 - 1900) Klondike gold rush occurred

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1897 - During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content, that miners traded gold for them.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
  • 1899 - May 31 – Launch of the Harriman Alaska Expedition.

    www.wikipedia.org
    May 31, 1899
  • 1899 - July 30 – The Harriman Alaska Expedition ends successfully.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 30, 1899
  • 1903 - Alaska-Canada border was established

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1912 - Mt. Katmai exploded, created Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (Alaska)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1915 - Record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
  • News  1935 - August 15 – Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post are killed when Post's plane crashes shortly after takeoff near Barrow, Alaska.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 15. 1935
  • 1942 - October 28 – The Alaska Highway is completed.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 28, 1942
  • February 3, 1947 - The temperature at Tanacross, AK, plunged to a record 75 degrees below zero.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1959 - Alaska became 49th state

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
  • 1964 - March 1 - Thompson Pass, AK, finished the month with 346.1 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the state of Alaska.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1964 - 21 DEAD, 83 MISSING IN FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE. PROPERTY DAMAGE ESTIMATE AT OVER $350-MILLION.
    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - As Alaskans toiled to dig out from the rubble of Friday's great earthquake, Civil Defense officials listed new casualty... Read MORE...

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