1. On April 2, 1889, North Dakota became a state. It was one of the last states admitted to the Union, and its admission came just months before South Dakota, Montana, and Washington.
2. April 2, 1979, marked the start of one of the worst blizzards in North Dakota history. Known as the "Blizzard of '79," the storm brought heavy snowfall, high winds, and near-zero visibility to the state. It caused millions of dollars in damage and claimed several lives.
3. On April 2, 1934, the National Industrial Recovery Act was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Act had been designed to promote economic recovery and stability during the Great Depression, but its provisions were deemed unconstitutional due to a violation of the separation of powers.
4. In 1906 on April 2, a group of North Dakota farmers established the Nonpartisan League. The League was a populist organization that sought to advance the interests of farmers and rural people through collective action and political activism.
5. April 2, 1985, saw the opening of the North Dakota State Capitol Building in Bismarck. The building, which had been under construction for over a decade, is the tallest building in North Dakota and houses the offices of the Governor, state legislators, and other state officials.
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