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5 Fun Facts About August 24 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1953, the University of North Dakota unveiled its new $2.25 million Memorial Stadium on August 24th. The stadium could hold over 12,000 spectators and was the largest outdoor sports facility in the state at the time.

2. On August 24th, 1988, the town of Minot, North Dakota experienced the largest flood in its history. Heavy rain caused the Souris River to overflow, resulting in 5,000 people being evacuated from their homes and causing $410 million in damages.

3. Baseball legend Roger Maris, who was born in Minnesota but grew up in North Dakota, hit his 50th home run of the 1961 season on August 24th. The home run broke Babe Ruth's record for most home runs in a single season, a record that stood for 34 years.

4. The North Dakota State Fair, one of the largest events in the state, typically occurs during the last full week of July and first few days of August. However, in 1894, the fair began on August 24th and featured a horse race as its main event.

5. On August 24th, 1806, explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed the Missouri River near present-day Williston, North Dakota. This marked the first time a non-Native American had crossed the river in the area.
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