Alaska Timeline

Events

Buying Alaska

1867

Alaska was purchased from Russia by the US in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars.

Gold rush

1899

Alaska's gold rush begins .

Volcanic Eruption

1912

In June 1912, Alaska’s Mount Katmai Volcano and nearby Novarupta erupted, burying an entire 20-mile valley under ash and pumice. Mount Katmai collapsed, forming a caldera, inside which formed a glacier— the only known glacier in the world whose date of origin is known.

Womens Rights

1913

In 1913, women in Alaska were granted the right to vote—six years ahead of the 19th Amendment.

World war ll

1942

The military builds the Alaska Highway to supply troops during World War ll .

AEC ( Atomic Energy Commision )

1958

In the spring of 1958, Dr. Edward Teller, a Hungarian-born physicist, spearheaded an effort by the AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) to set off a nuclear explosion to excavate a deep-water harbor between Nome and Barrow, Alaska. Project Chariot, also known as Project Plow Share, was abandoned due to concerns raised by the U.S. Environmental Committee.

Earthquake

1964

This earthquake killed 131 people and leveled several villages .

Largest oil U.S. Discovery

1968

Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, on the North Slope of the Brooks Range, is the sight of the largest oil U.S. discovery in 1968 (15 billion barrels).

Atomic energy commision

1970

The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission exploded three test shots (known as Long Shot, Millrow, and Cannikin) on Alaska’s Amchitka Island in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the last of which was a mega kiloton underground device.

Taxation of Prudhoe Bay

1976

Taxation of Prudhoe Bay oil created vast new wealth for Alaskans, and the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend program in 1976 gave Alaskans a direct stake in oil production.

The last Homestead

1988

The last homestead to be awarded under the Homestead Act was in 1988 to Kenneth Deardorff, who originally filed for his 80-acre parcel on the Stony River in Alaska in 1974.[11]

Oil spill

1989

The Exon Valdez spills 11 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound .

Perisian Gulf War

1991

U.S. and other nations fight in the Persian war.

Anniversary

2008

Alaska celebrates 50th anniversary of statehood.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race record

2011

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a famous 1,000 mile (1,609 km) race from Anchorage to Nome each February. The Iditarod record was set in 2011 by John Quniaq Baker (also the first Native Inupiaq to win the race) in a time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds.