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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In Montana History

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1. On August 13, 1904, the Montana State Fair opened in Helena. The fair featured exhibits and competitions showcasing agriculture, livestock, arts and crafts, and other attractions. It continues to be held annually to this day.

2. In 1936, on August 13, the Anaconda Copper Company agreed to a settlement with striking miners in Butte after months of labor unrest. The agreement granted the miners some concessions and helped stabilize the industry in Montana.

3. August 13, 1942, saw the establishment of the 509th Composite Group at Muroc Army Air Field in California. This group was a crucial part of the Manhattan Project, responsible for the development and deployment of the atomic bomb, which was tested in New Mexico in July 1945.

4. On August 13, 1960, the first meeting of the Montana State Constitutional Convention was held in Helena. The convention lasted for over six months and resulted in major revisions to the state's constitution.

5. In 1994, on August 13, the Great Flood of 1994 hit eastern Montana, causing significant damage and claiming four lives. The flooding was caused by heavy rainfall in the region and overwhelmed levees along the Yellowstone and Powder Rivers.
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