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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, but it wasn't until April 8, 1890 that the first state legislature convened in Bismarck.

2. In 1913, on this day, the first registered purebred Hereford cattle arrived in North Dakota by train from Missouri. This marked a significant moment in the state's agricultural history, as Hereford cattle would go on to become one of the most popular breeds raised in North Dakota.

3. On April 8, 1949, a powerful blizzard hit the state, causing widespread damage and disrupting transportation for several days. The storm was particularly devastating for ranchers and farmers, as it killed many livestock and destroyed crops.

4. In 1983, the first choir festival was held in Bismarck, North Dakota. The festival, which is now held annually, brings together high school and middle school choirs from across the state for a day of competitions and performances.

5. On this day in 2015, the North Dakota Senate approved a bill that banned the possession and distribution of "revenge porn" – sexually explicit images or videos of individuals without their consent. North Dakota was one of the earliest states to pass such a law, joining a growing movement to combat online harassment and privacy violations.
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