This Day In History
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

«Alaska»

October 18, 1867

William H. Seward and Eduard de Stoeckl negotiating the Alaska Purchase
William H. Seward and Eduard de Stoeckl negotiating the Alaska Purchase
United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of the Alaska territory by the United States from Russia by a treaty ratified by the Senate. The purchase, made at the initiative of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward, gained 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of new United States territory. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
Alaska, United States, Russia

January 3, 1959

Seal of  Alaska
Seal of Alaska
Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. State. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska's 710,231 residents (as per the 2010 United States Census) live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is the least densely populated state of the U.S.
Alaska, United States

March 27, 1964

The Good Friday Earthquake,...
The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage. The 1964 Alaska earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan Earthquake, the Portage Earthquake and the Good Friday Earthquake, was a megathrust earthquake that began at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27, 1964. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing buildings, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 143 deaths. Lasting nearly four minutes, it was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the second most powerful ever measured by seismograph. It had a magnitude of 9.2, at the time making it the second largest earthquake in recorded history.
Good Friday Earthquake, earthquake, Alaska

March 30, 1867

The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of the Alaska territory by the United States from Russia in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the Senate. The purchase, made at the initiative of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward, gained 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km²) of new United States territory. Originally organized as the Department of Alaska, the area was successively the District of Alaska and the Alaska Territory before becoming the modern state of Alaska upon being admitted to the Union as a state in 1959.
Alaska
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