1. On December 10, 1910, North Dakota became the first state to establish a fully fledged state-owned bank. The Bank of North Dakota was created with the aim of supporting local farmers and businesses, and it quickly became a leader in agricultural financing.
2. December 10, 1889, marked the day that North Dakota was officially admitted as the 39th state of the United States. The state had been founded earlier in the year as part of a joint effort with South Dakota, but it wasn't until December that it was officially granted statehood.
3. On December 10, 1989, a major oil spill occurred in the North Dakota town of Minot. The spill was caused by a derailment of a train carrying crude oil, and it resulted in widespread damage to the environment and local economy.
4. December 10, 1967, was the day that the new Bismarck Civic Center was officially opened. The center served as a venue for concerts, sporting events, and other large gatherings, and it quickly became a landmark in the city.
5. On December 10, 1903, the first commercial flight made by the Wright Brothers took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although this event did not take place in North Dakota, it is notable because the Wright Brothers had a significant impact on aviation in North Dakota and across the world. Many credit their innovations with helping to spark the state's early aviation industry.
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