Alaska celebrates 62nd anniversary of statehood

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 4:17 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Sunday, January 3rd marked the 62nd anniversary of Alaska officially becoming a state.

With the Alaska Statehood Act having passed in the U.S. Congress in 1958, it was on January 3rd, 1959 that then-President Dwight Eisenhower signed an official declaration admitting Alaska into the union.

Alaska then became the 49th state, with its constitution going into full effect.

Governor Mike Dunleavy honored the occasion in a statement on the State of Alaska website, saying, “Only a few Alaskans in 1959 could have envisioned many of the great features of our state that we take for granted today: the Trans-Alaska pipeline, Permanent Fund, our thriving Alaska Native corporations, a global air cargo in Anchorage, and a tourism industry that brings in more than two million visitors to our state each year, just to name a few.”

Dunleavy went on to refer to Alaska as “the greatest state in the greatest country on the face of the Earth.”

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