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  • Aug 20, 1741
    A Danish explorer discovers Alaska, providing a backdrop for a couple future country hits: Johnny Horton's "North To Alaska" and Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan"
    Oct 18, 1867
    The United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7 million. It becomes the subject of several future country hits, including Johnny Horton's "North To Alaska" and Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan"
    Aug 17, 1896
    Gold is discovered in Alaska, setting off the Klondike gold rush. It provides a backdrop for Lefty Frizzell's deceitful 1964 hit "Saginaw, Michigan" and Johnny Horton's crossover single "North To Alaska"
    Aug 15, 1935
    Comedian Will Rogers and renowned pilot Wiley Post die in a plane crash outside of Point Barrow, Alaska. Their souls live on in Tex Ritter's 1961 recitation "I Dreamed Of A Hill-billy Heaven"
    Mar 19, 1950
    Roy Acuff begins a 10-day tour of Alaska with shows for U.S. military personnel, sponsored by the Air Force
    Mar 28, 1950
    Roy Acuff closes a 10-day tour of Alaska, where he performed for Air Force personnel
    Dec 4, 1954
    Roy Acuff begins a one-month USO tour of Alaska, performing for American troops
    Jan 6, 1955
    Roy Acuff ends a one-month USO tour of Alaska, in which he crossed the Arctic Circle while performing for American soldiers
    Jan 3, 1959
    Alaska becomes the 49th state in the union. It provides the backdrop for Johnny Horton's "North To Alaska" and Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan"
    Apr 27, 1959
    Gene Vincent's girlfriend, Darlene Hicks, delivers their daughter, Melody Jean Vincent, in Anchorage, Alaska

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