1. On April 7, 1884, the city of Fargo declared a state of emergency due to massive flooding. The flooding was caused by a combination of heavy snowfall and rapid snowmelt, and it put thousands of residents at risk.
2. In 1921, North Dakota's first state-owned power plant began operation on April 7th. The plant was located in Williston and was built to provide electrical power to the surrounding communities.
3. April 7, 1930, marked the official founding of the state's National Guard. The North Dakota National Guard has a long history of service, including deployments during both World Wars and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. On April 7, 1957, the North Dakota Legislature established the North Dakota University System. The system currently includes 11 institutions, including the state's flagship University of North Dakota.
5. April 7, 1985, saw the worst tornado outbreak in North Dakota's history. On that day, 23 tornadoes touched down across the state, causing significant damage and killing one person. The outbreak was part of a larger tornado outbreak that affected several states in the Midwest.
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