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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In Montana History

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1. Montana's first state fair was held on August 28, 1895, in Helena. The fair featured exhibits on agriculture, livestock, and home economics, along with entertainment and amusement rides.

2. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This speech remains an iconic moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

3. August 28, 1917, marked the formation of the Montana Council of Defense. This group was tasked with promoting patriotism and supporting the war effort during World War I, and played a significant role in Montana's wartime efforts.

4. The town of Ekalaka, Montana, was founded on August 28, 1908. Located in Carter County in southeastern Montana, Ekalaka is known for its small-town charm and scenic beauty.

5. August 28, 1988, was the day of the devastating Yellowstone fires. These fires burned approximately 793,880 acres of land in and around the Yellowstone National Park, and remain one of the most significant wildfire events in recent Montana history.
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