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    (January 3, 1959- )
    49th state to join
    Discovered by Vitius Bering (Denmark) and the Russians (1741)
    Nickname: Land of the Midnight Sun
    Capital: Juneau
    Size: 586,400 square miles (ranks 1st)
    Motto: North To The Future
    Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
    Flower: Blue Forget-Me-Not
    Tree: Sitka Spruce
    Song: Alaska My Alaska (unofficial)
    Highest Point: Mount McKinley (20,320 feet)
    It had several major earthquakes above 8 on the richter scale and some above 9.
    To honor becoming a state, the people dumped a chemical in the Chena River to change the color to gold, however it just turned everything green.
    A map maker not knowing the name of a particular Alaskan city wrote 'name' as a note, when the publisher saw this, he misread it as Nome, and that is how Nome got it's name.
    Humorist Will Rogers was killed in a plane crash in Alaska (August 15, 1935).
    The worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spilled 11.3 million gallons off the Alaskan coast (March 24, 1989).
    Debate on making Alaska a state began in 1916, and it took 43 years for it to become one.
    The last shot of the Civil War was in Alaska waters by Confederate Cruiser Shenandoah, when a Union Whaler did not realize the war was over (June 22, 1865).
    It is 483 times the size of Rhode Island and is 1/5 the size of the 49 states combined.
    Kodiak Island, became the first white community on the North American Pacific Coast, north of Mexico (1784).
    The Spanish, English and French explored Alaska during the 1800s.
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska from the Russians at 2¢ per acre (1867).
    Alaska became protected by U.S. law when Congress passed a homestead act (1903).
    Gold was discovered in the Yukon (1873).
    Alaska became a US territory (May 17, 1884).
    It hit 100ºF (38ºF) at Fort Yukon Alaska (June 27, 1915).
    Actress Michelle Johnson, Olympic gold medal skier Tommy Moe, vocalist Jewel and environmentalist John Muir were born here.
    Star Trek Next Generation's fictional character William T Riker is born in Valdez Alaska.
    A 97 lb 4 oz Chinook Salmon was caught off Alaska (May 1985).
    The highest mountain in North America, Mt McKinley was climbed (April 3, 1910).
    President Harding was the first sitting president to visit Alaska (July 8, 1923).
    It is only two miles from Russia.
    Juneau, Skagway, Nome and Fairbanks sprung up as towns for gold prospectors (1880s).
    It pays the highest salary to teachers than any other state.
    The TV Show 'Northern Exposure' was set in Alaska.
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
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