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Bering's First Journey

January 1741 - December 1741

Bering explored and mapped much of the south-central coast of Alaska.

Cook's Voyage

September, 1778

First Permanent Russian Settlement

1784

Baranov named first Russian Governor

1799

Purchase of Alaska

March 30,1867

First Alaska Newspaper

1868

The first Alaska newspaper, "The Sitka Times", is published by Thomas Murphy.

First Organic Act

1884

First Corporate Salmon Canneries

1890

First corporate salmon canneries start to appear in Alaska.

Gold Rush

August 16, 1896 - 1899

White Pass and Yukon Railroad

1898 - 1899

Construction of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad.

Oil Production

1902

First Oil production in Alaska.

Territorial Organic Act of 1912

August 24, 1912

Haines Fire

1922

A fire at Haines destroys post office and several other buildings.

Military Bases Established

1940

Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base established. (now a joint base)

World War 2 event in Alaska

June 3, 1942 - August 15, 1943

Japan invades outer most Aleutian Islands.

Anti-Discrimination Act

1945

Constitutional Convention

November 8, 1955 - February 6, 1956

Statehood

January 3, 1959

Alaska becomes a state.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

1960

Anchorage Earthquake

March 27, 1964

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

December 18,1971

Alaska's State Sport Established

1972

Dog mushing is established as Alaska's state sport.

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

1980

Alaska Permanent Fund established

1981