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5 Fun Facts About December 25 In North Dakota History

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1. Christmas Day Blizzard of 2009: On December 25, 2009, a major winter storm hit North Dakota and other parts of the upper Midwest, causing chaos and destruction. Known as the "Christmas Day Blizzard," it brought heavy snow, strong winds, and icy conditions to the region, resulting in numerous accidents, power outages, and other disruptions.

2. Lewis and Clark Expedition: On December 25, 1804, the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their crew spent Christmas Day at Fort Mandan, a trading post they had established near present-day Washburn, North Dakota. They had been on their journey for several months and were making preparations for the next leg of their trip.

3. Statehood Day: December 25 is also known as Statehood Day in North Dakota, celebrating the day the state was admitted to the Union in 1889. North Dakota was the 39th state to enter the Union, and Statehood Day is a time to commemorate the state's proud history and heritage.

4. Christmas Eve Truce: During World War II, on Christmas Eve 1944, a group of German soldiers on the Western Front initiated a spontaneous truce with American troops. The brief ceasefire allowed both sides to celebrate the holiday together and even play a game of soccer. Among the American soldiers involved in the truce were several from North Dakota.

5. Bison Football Success: Since 2011, North Dakota State University's football team has played in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) national championship game every year, winning eight titles in that span. Several of those championship games have taken place in late December, including the 2019 game on December 25, which NDSU won. The Bison are widely regarded as one of the most dominant teams in college football.
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