This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2007

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• In 1903, the Homestead Act was extended to Alaska by the U.S. Congress.

• In 1917, the first Alaska Primary Election law was approved, with the first primary held in April, 1918. Gov. John Strong approved a bill creating the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, now the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

• In 1938, Pacific Alaska Airways flew the first contract airmail from Juneau to Fairbanks.

• In 1979, tests revealed that atomic fallout levels in Alaska were 50 percent higher than U.N. tolerance levels.

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