AK History

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Major Tsunami

1958

The worlds largest Tsunami wave occurs in Lituya Bay, Alaska.

Statehood

1959

Alaska becomes the 49th state in the United States

Tundra Times

1962

Tundra Times newspaper is established to represent Native views.

Good Friday

1964

An earthquake occurs in Prince William Sound that eventually causes a Tsunami.

Major Tsunami

1964

A Tsunami is caused by the Good Friday earthquake in 1964.

North Slope Oil Profit

1969

North Slope oil ease brings in $900 million in profit.

ANCSA

1971

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is set up to give natives their rightful land.

Establishment of Corporations

1971

Corporations are established to have someone manage the money brought in by ANCSA.

Prudoe Bay Pipeline

1974

The building of the Prudhoe Bay pipeline begins.

Molly Hootch

1976

Tobeluk v Lind case begins over native school rights.

PFD

1976

The Permanent Fund Dividend is set up for Alaskans.

ANILCA

1980

The Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act is set up to protect native lands.

ANWR

1980

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is set up to protect Alaska wildlife.

Time Change

1983

Alaska moves to standard time.

AK Railroad

1985

Alaska purchases the AK railroad from the federal government.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

1989

A ship carrying a massive amount of oil hit a reef and caused a major oil spill.

Toursim Increase

1995

Over one million visitors come to AK.

Prudhoe Bay Oil spill

2006

A massive Oil spill occurs in Prudhoe bay.

Major Earthquake

2013

A Earthquake hits SouthWest Alaska.