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5 Fun Facts About August 19 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1940, North Dakota's first radio station, KFYR, began broadcasting in Bismarck. The station was a significant milestone in the state's media history and helped to keep communities informed about news and events.

2. August 19, 1954, marked the birth of renowned North Dakota artist Paul Kaiser. His works were inspired by the state's landscape, and he was known for his use of bright colors and bold brushstrokes.

3. On August 19, 1960, the "North Dakota Historic Sites Survey" was published, which detailed the state's historical landmarks and buildings. The survey helped to preserve important parts of North Dakota's history for future generations.

4. 1979 saw the opening of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, which is dedicated to the state's history and culture. The center includes exhibits on North Dakota's Native American communities, pioneers, and modern-day innovations.

5. August 19, 2008, was a significant day in North Dakota politics. Democrat Barack Obama held a rally in Bismarck as part of his presidential campaign, which drew thousands of supporters. Obama went on to win North Dakota in the 2008 election, marking the first time a Democrat had won the state since 1964.
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