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5 Fun Facts About December 28 In Montana History

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1. In 1864, the Battle of Mullan Pass took place near Helena, Montana. This battle was fought between the US Army and the Blackfoot tribe and is considered one of the most significant battles of the Indian Wars period.

2. On December 28, 1894, the Great Northern Railway completed its transcontinental line across Montana, connecting Seattle to the east coast. This opened up new opportunities for transportation and commerce in the state.

3. Montana became a state on November 8, 1889, but it was not until December 28 of that year that the state's first governor, Joseph Toole, was inaugurated. Toole went on to serve as governor for three non-consecutive terms.

4. In 1973, a major blizzard hit Montana on December 28, bringing record-breaking snowfall and causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions. The storm led to several deaths and millions of dollars in damage.

5. The Montana State University football team won the NCAA Division II National Championship on December 28, 1984. The team, coached by Sonny Lubick, defeated the University of Louisiana-Monroe 19-6 in front of a crowd of nearly 15,000 fans.
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