Sheldon Jackson appointed federal education agent for Alaska
Jackson creates education policy for alaska
Mary Hootch Case
In the Hootch v. Alaska State Operated School System decision, the state was no longer allowed to press Native Alaskan students into boarding schools. Now the state was legally responsible for providing education to Native Alaskan students in their towns.
Chirikov & Berining discover Alaska
Cpt. James Cook reaches Cook Inlet
Russians first settle on Kodiak
Russians establish first permanent settlement at Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island
Alexander Baronov becomes Alaska's first governor
Gold is discovered
Alaska purchased from Russia
purchased for $7,200,000
Alaskan government established
Klondike gold rush
Copper discovered at Kennecott
Japanese attack the Aleutians
Alaska becomes the 49th state to be admitted to the Union.
9.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska. It second largest in world history.
Construction of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline begins
People inhabit Alaska
Approx. 1200 BC
Using the Bering Land Bridge natives of Russia migrated over the land bridge to Alaska.
First non-native discovery of Alaska
Vitus Bering and his Russian cohorts arrive in Alaska for the first time.
Domesticated Reindeer Introduced to Alaska
Sheldon Jackson introduced domesticated reindeer herds to Alaska for two reasons: to provide what he thought were starving Native Alaskans with sustenance and as a subtle assimilation technique in which he thought the Native Alaskans would become more civilized as they transitions from subsistence hunters to modern day entrepreneurs.
The beginning of the Iditarod
In response to an outbreak of diphtheria in Nome, multiple sled dog teams worked together to race medicine from Nenana to save those afflicted. This led to the creation of the Iditarod, an annual sled dog race covering hundreds of miles.
Alaska Claims Settlement Act
President Nixon signs the Alaska Claims Settlement Act giving Natives title to 44 million acres.