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5 Fun Facts About December 8 In North Dakota History

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1. Theodore Roosevelt's Presidential Library groundbreaking ceremony: On December 8, 2019, North Dakota celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. This project aims to honor Theodore Roosevelt, one of North Dakota's most famous residents, and his contributions to American history.

2. Blizzard of 1968: On December 8, 1968, a blizzard swept through North Dakota, causing power outages and closing roads. The storm lasted several days, resulting in at least five fatalities and causing significant damage to the state's infrastructure.

3. Bismarck State College Shooting: On December 8, 1986, a shooting occurred at Bismarck State College, leaving two people dead and another injured. The shooter, Steven Leith, was a former student at the college and reportedly had a history of mental illness.

4. North Dakota History Center opens: On December 8, 1981, the North Dakota History Center opened to the public. This museum showcases the state's rich history and features exhibits on Native American tribes, pioneers, and famous North Dakotans.

5. LaMoure County F5 tornado: On December 8, 1927, a massive F5 tornado swept through LaMoure County, causing widespread destruction and killing six people. This tornado was one of the deadliest ever recorded in North Dakota and remains one of the state's most significant weather events.
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