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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Idaho History

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1. On April 14, 1864, the Idaho Territorial Legislature passed a bill establishing the first public school system in the territory. The bill created a superintendent of public instruction and provided for the appointment of school trustees in every county.

2. In 1893, the Idaho State Journal newspaper was first published on April 14 in Pocatello. The paper is still in operation today and is one of the oldest in the state.

3. Idaho's first state capitol building was completed on April 14, 1885, in Boise. The building served as the seat of state government until 1905 when a new capitol building was built.

4. On April 14, 1921, the Idaho State Board of Health approved a new law requiring all children attending schools to be vaccinated against smallpox. The law was enacted in response to a smallpox outbreak in the state.

5. The Big Burn, one of the largest wildfires in U.S. history, began on August 20, 1910, but it was on April 14, 1911, that President Theodore Roosevelt visited the burned areas in Idaho and Montana to assess the damage. The fire burned over 3 million acres and killed 87 people, mostly firefighters.
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