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5 Fun Facts About December 29 In North Dakota History

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1. On December 29, 1872, the first homestead claim in North Dakota was filed by Daniel Freeman in what is now Gage County.

2. In 1890, on this same day, Sitting Bull was killed on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The famous Sioux leader had been controversially arrested by the United States Army and a confrontation ensued in which he was shot and killed.

3. On December 29, 1920, North Dakota became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This was a groundbreaking moment for women's rights in the United States.

4. In 1944, North Dakota experienced one of its deadliest blizzards on December 29th. Known as the "Great Plains Blizzard," it blew in at over 70 miles per hour and dropped over five feet of snow in some areas. The storm led to several deaths and left many stranded for days.

5. Finally, on December 29, 1975, the movie "Fargo" begins filming in North Dakota. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film is set in the state and features many iconic North Dakota landscapes and accents. It went on to become a critical and commercial success, further cementing North Dakota's place in popular culture.
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