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5 Fun Facts About August 2 In Colorado History

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1. 1876: Colorado became the 38th state in the United States on August 2, 1876. This event marked a milestone in Colorado's history and is celebrated every year on August 1st as Colorado Day.

2. 1909: The first automobile race was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 2, 1909. The race was organized by the Colorado Springs Auto Club and featured 16 cars competing in a 10-mile race on a dirt track.

3. 1937: The Dust Bowl, a period of severe dust storms that affected the Great Plains region of the United States, hit Colorado on August 2, 1937. The storm caused widespread damage to crops and livestock, and many farmers were forced to leave their homes and move to other parts of the country.

4. 1984: Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, played in an exhibition game at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on August 2, 1984. Jordan scored 24 points in the game, which was part of a pre-Olympic warm-up tournament for the US men's basketball team.

5. 2009: Colorado Senator Ted Harvey declared August 2nd "National Mustard Day" in honor of the popular condiment. The proclamation recognized the importance of mustard to the state's economy and culture, and encouraged all Coloradans to celebrate the day by enjoying their favorite mustard-based dishes.
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