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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In Montana History

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1. The Montana State Penitentiary held its first execution on August 1, 1893. A man named Miles Holter was hanged for the murder of a fellow inmate.

2. August 1, 1914, was the beginning of World War I. Montana sent many soldiers to fight in the war, and the state's economy was greatly impacted by the conflict.

3. On August 1, 1929, Glacier National Park in Montana was dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to over 130 named lakes and more than 1,000 different species of plants and animals.

4. The Montana State Fair has been held annually in Great Falls since 1931, and it starts on August 1 each year. The fair features carnival rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and much more.

5. In 1985, a group of Montana firefighters known as the Mann Gulch crew lost 13 members in a tragic wildfire. Every year since then, hikers have gathered on August 1 to remember the brave firefighters who lost their lives that day.
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