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									              FAST FACTS:
              Alaska & Hawaii
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              Happy 50th birthday, Alaska and Hawaii! Our
              two youngest states offer lots of cool facts:




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              ALASKA
              • On Jan. 3, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill making Alaska
                the 49th state.
              • The strongest recorded earthquake in North American history (9.2 on
                the Richter scale) hit south-central Alaska on March 27, 1964.                                                       Barrow


              • Seventeen of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are in Alaska.                                                                     Prudhoe
                                                                                                                                                            Bay

                Mount McKinley, the highest in North America, stands 20,320 feet
                above sea level.
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              • The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race leads participants on a 10- to
                17-day journey over 1,150 miles of harsh terrain, through blizzards and sub-zero                                              Anchorage             Valdez
  
								
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