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5 Fun Facts About December 1 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1890, North Dakota became the 39th state to join the United States, after being part of the Dakota Territory since 1861.
2. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Civil Rights Movement. Although not directly related to North Dakota, this event had a significant impact on the state's history, as it highlighted issues of racial inequality that also existed in North Dakota at the time.
3. In 1845, the first known white settler arrived in North Dakota. A French-Canadian named Joseph Renville established a settlement near present-day Lisbon, North Dakota.
4. On December 1, 1962, North Dakota experienced its worst blizzard on record, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour and temperatures dropping to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The blizzard resulted in several deaths and widespread damage.
5. December 1, 2016 marked a historic moment in North Dakota's transportation history, as the long-awaited expansion of the US Highway 85 bypass around Williston was opened. The project was designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety in the area, and was an important step in the ongoing development of North Dakota's infrastructure.
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