U.S. Secretary of State William Seward OKs purchase of Alaska territory from Russia for $7.2 million.
Gold is discovered in the Klondike. Thousands of fortune seekers will pass through Alaska on their way to the Yukon River valley.
On January 3, Alaska, bigger than Texas plus California plus Montana, joins up 49th state.
First gallon of oil enters the 800 mile-long Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Prudhoe Bay.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin runs for U.S. vice president on the Republican ticket.
This article was first published in September 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.