Talk:Alaska Day

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Date line shift[edit]

With the transfer to US jurisdiction, the calendar in effect in the territory was changed from Julian to Gregorian, and instead of being several hours ahead of western Russia, it switched to several hours behind Washington, D.C., which itself was several hours behind western Russia. Somehow, within the article, it could be mentioned that the yet-uninvented International Date Line essentially moved from the Alaska-British North America border to being in the Bering Strait. GBC (talk) 07:43, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

It would be useful to know whether this change was carried out by any official law, regulation, or order. Maybe it was just something that seemed so obvious to the participants that no formal action was taken to "make it official".
Bear in mind that the United States has never explicitly adopted any official calendar. The states that were under the control of the UK at the time of statehood have generally adopted UK common law (which might include UK statutes, or might only include UK judicial precedents). States that previously under the control of some nation other than the UK, like Florida, Louisiana, and California, would have to be investigated to see whether and how inherited the Gregorian calendar. So if the Gregorian calendar is in effect in the US because of state—not federal—law, and Alaska was not a state, then what official action displaced the calendar that had been customary in that territory with the Gregorian calendar? Jc3s5h (talk) 19:11, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Uncited quote[edit]

The quote from "The official account of the affair as presented by General Lovell Rousseau to Secretary of State William H. Seward" should be properly cited so readers can verify it and read the rest of it. Jc3s5h (talk) 19:11, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Merge into "Alaska" article[edit]

Should this article be merged into the main Alaska article? The purchase of the Alaska Territory from Russia is an important event. However, this important day, which is celebrated on October 18 as a legal state holiday, should be covered in the history section of the aforementioned article. After perusing it, the main Alaska article seems to contain little information about the actual purchase and transfer. Erzahler (talk) 10:42, 18 October 2012 (UTC)