Alaska Timeline


Buying Alaska


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

Gold rush


Alaska's gold rush begins .

Volcanic Eruption


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


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

World war ll


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

AEC ( Atomic Energy Commision )


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.



This earthquake killed 131 people and leveled several villages .

Largest oil U.S. Discovery


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


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


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


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


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

Perisian Gulf War


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



Alaska celebrates 50th anniversary of statehood.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race record


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.