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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota participated in the national Day of Remembrance for the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 2019, the State Historical Society of North Dakota hosted a commemoration ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, which included speakers, a color guard, and wreath-laying.

2. North Dakota had a connection to one of the ships that was attacked at Pearl Harbor. The USS North Dakota was a battleship that was commissioned in 1910 and was decommissioned in 1923. On December 7, 1941, the ship was in the process of being scrapped for metal during World War II.

3. On December 7, 1975, the North Dakota National Guard's 81st Armor Brigade was activated for Operation GALLANT EAGLE. The mission was in response to a Soviet "military exercise" near the border of Turkey and Iran. The brigade activated for a period of six months and was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for training.

4. The North Dakota State Capitol building suffered a devastating fire on December 28, 1930. However, the inspiration for the building's design, the Nebraska State Capitol, also suffered a fire on December 7, 1922. The North Dakota Capitol was completed in 1934.

5. December 7, 1915, marked the opening of the original Grand Forks County Courthouse. However, the building suffered tremendous damage from a fire in 1961 and was later demolished in 1968. The current Grand Forks County Courthouse was completed in 1979.
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