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5 Fun Facts About April 30 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho was granted statehood on April 30, 1890. After years of debate and controversy, Idaho officially became the 43rd state in the Union on this day.

2. On April 30, 1916, the United States declared martial law in the Coeur d'Alene mining region of northern Idaho. The area was experiencing a labor strike and violence had broken out between striking miners and the mine owners. The federal government intervened to restore order.

3. In 1971, Idaho Governor Don Samuelson signed a bill making Idaho the first state to lower the legal drinking age to 19. The law took effect on April 30 of that year.

4. On April 30, 1993, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Idaho Batholith a national wilderness area. The Idaho Batholith is a large formation of granite and other rocks in central and southern Idaho, and is home to a variety of wildlife and scenic beauty.

5. Idaho Senator Frank Church, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1957 to 1981, was born on April 25, 1924. Church was a vocal advocate for civil rights, environmental protection, and foreign policy reform. His notable accomplishments include chairing the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
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