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5 Fun Facts About December 22 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1910, the first ever airplane flight in North Dakota took place on December 22. French pilot Rene Simon flew his biplane over Grand Forks for approximately 12 minutes, becoming the first person to fly a plane in the state.

2. On December 22, 1936, actress and North Dakota native Angie Dickinson was born. Dickinson's career includes film, television, and stage work, and she is known for her roles in classic films such as "Rio Bravo" and "Point Blank."

3. In 1984, North Dakota Governor Allen I. Olson declared December 22 to be "Rodney the Rabbit Day" in honor of a popular character in a set of children's books by North Dakota author Luanne Martineau. Martineau's books, which featured illustrations by North Dakota artist Jim Durkin, sold over 150,000 copies and inspired merchandise such as stuffed animals and coloring books.

4. December 22, 1957 marked the beginning of the North Dakota blizzard of that year, which lasted for three days and caused widespread power outages and transportation difficulties. The blizzard, which was caused by a combination of freezing temperatures and high winds, led to multiple deaths and was one of the worst winter storms in state history.

5. The North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed a resolution designating December 22 as "National Guard Day" in the state in 1991. The resolution recognized the contributions and sacrifices made by members of the North Dakota National Guard, dating back to the Spanish-American War and continuing through conflicts such as World War II and the Korean War.
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