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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1876, Sitting Bull led his Hunkpapa Lakota warriors in a raid against a survey party near the Grand River in North Dakota. This event marked the beginning of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77.

2. In 1884, Alexander McKenzie, a powerful politician in the Dakota Territory, was indicted for election fraud. He was eventually acquitted, but the scandal tarnished his reputation and contributed to his downfall.

3. In 1930, a severe blizzard struck North Dakota, dumping over a foot of snow and creating drifts up to 20 feet high. The storm caused widespread damage and numerous deaths.

4. In 1957, a B-36 bomber on a training mission crashed near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, killing all 11 crew members. The cause of the accident was never determined.

5. In 1980, a massive fire destroyed the historic Patterson Hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota. The blaze was so intense that firefighters were unable to enter the building, and it took three days to extinguish the flames.
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