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Alaska achieves statehood
Alaska Achieves Statehood
The Alaska Statehood Bill was passed by the U.S. Congress on June 20, 1958. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill on July 7, and on August 26 a record 35,000 Alaskans voted for admission as the 49th state.
Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley
(aka Mount Denali) has a summit elevation of 20,237 feet above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America. Measured from base to peak, it is also the world’s tallest mountain on land, dwarfing even Mount Everest.
Official Symbols of Alaska
Official Symbols
The Alaska state flag was designed by a 13-year-old schoolboy, and was adopted in 1927. The blue field is for the sky and the forget-me-not, the state flower. The North Star is for the future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly of the Union. The dipper is for the Great Bear, symbolizing strength.
The Purchase of Alaska
The Purchase of Alaska
On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian minister to the U.S. Edouard de Stoeckl signed an agreement for the United States to purchase Alaska for the sum of $7.2 million (about 2 cents an acre). The agreement was ratified by the Senate on May 28, 1867, and the U.S. flag was raised at Sitka on October 18, 1867.
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