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The islands straddle international borders as well as the International date line. At the closest land approach between the United States (which controls Little Diomede), and Russia (which controls Big Diomede), are 3km (two miles) apart. The Big Diomede Island is Russia's easternmost point, while Alaska's Aleutian Islands extend U.S. territory further west.
The text of the 1867 treaty finalizing the sale of Alaska uses the islands to designate the boundary between the two nations: The border separates "equidistantly Krusenstern Island, or Ignaluk, from Ratmanov Island, or Nunarbuk, and heads northward infinitely until it disappears completely in the Arctic Ocean."
In the summer of 1995, the British television actor, Michael Palin, famous as one of the stars of the BBC's Monty Python's Flying Circus television series of the 1960s and several movie spin-offs, started his counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim, encompassing 18 different countries, on Little Diomede Island as part of the BBC series, "Full Circle". It was his intention to set foot on it again at the very end of his journey lasting nearly eight months, but he was unable to do so owing to the fact that he was returning during the following winter (on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, as it so happened) and the sea became just too rough to allow him and his BBC film crew to land on the island.
- Diomede, Alaska
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