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5 Fun Facts About April 16 In North Dakota History

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1. On April 16, 1892, a severe blizzard hit North Dakota, which became known as the "Children's Blizzard." The storm claimed the lives of over 200 people, many of whom were children trying to make it home from school.

2. In 1930, North Dakota Governor George Shafer signed a bill that created the North Dakota State Highway Department. This agency was responsible for regulating and maintaining North Dakota's state highway system.

3. April 16, 1955, marked the opening day of the North Dakota Museum of Art, which is located on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The museum showcases works by local and international artists, and has a collection of over 9,000 works of art.

4. In 1975, North Dakota's Senate passed a law that made the "Western Meadowlark" the official state bird. This decision was made after a statewide vote, in which the Western Meadowlark won by a wide margin.

5. On April 16, 2011, the City of Fargo held its annual "Fargo Marathon." The race drew over 17,000 participants from around the world, and included a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. The marathon has since become a popular event in Fargo, attracting runners of all ages and skill levels.
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