Happy birthday to the 49th state

Published: Jan. 3, 2019 at 10:19 PM AKST
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Happy Birthday Alaska!

60 years ago Thursday, Alaska officially got its statehood. Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million or 3 cents an acre.

It was first used as a military district for the federal government and later became a territory in the 1900's.

On July 7th, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Alaska's Statehood Act and on January 3 of the following year, the last frontier officially became the 49th state.

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