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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In Idaho History

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1. In 1905, the State Highway Commission of Idaho was formed in Boise. This commission was responsible for creating and maintaining the state's highways, roads, and bridges.

2. On April 8, 1909, the Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise was completed after three years of construction. The building was designed by the prominent architect John E. Tourtellotte and features a neoclassical style with domed roofs and marble columns.

3. In 1968, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the creation of Boise State University. Originally named Boise Junior College, the institution offered only two-year degrees until it was granted full university status in 1974.

4. On April 8, 1987, the infamous Spud Daniels, the morning radio talk show host on KZMG, interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev during the Soviet leader's visit to the United States. The interview caused controversy for its light-hearted tone and lack of questioning on political issues.

5. In 2016, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill into law designating the "Idaho Appaloosa" as the state horse. The breed is named after the Appaloosa Mountains in Idaho and is known for its distinctive spotted coat.
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