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5 Fun Facts About August 22 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota became a state: August 22, 1889 marks the day when North Dakota officially became the 39th state in the United States.

2. First KFC in North Dakota: On August 22, 1968, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in North Dakota opened in Grand Forks.

3. North Dakota's First Mechanized Fire Engine: August 22, 1911 is a significant day for North Dakota's fire service history as the state's first mechanized fire engine was delivered to the Fargo Fire Department.

4. Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex: On August 22, 1975, the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex was opened in Nekoma, along with the A-10 missile, as one of the main components of the United States' missile defense system.

5. Razor Blade Patent: In 1899, North Dakotan, Henry J. Gaisman, was granted a razor blade patent that would lead to the creation of the Gem Safety Razor Company, now known as the American Safety Razor Company, and the production of the Gem razor blade. The patent was granted on August 22.
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