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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Montana History

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1. In 1883, the Northern Pacific Railway established a station in Livingston, Montana, which played a significant role in the state's economic growth and development.

2. In 1913, Montana's first public library opened in Missoula. It was funded by a $50,000 donation from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

3. On February 16, 1937, pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart delivered a lecture at Montana State College in Bozeman, discussing her historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

4. In 1988, Montana Governor Ted Schwinden declared a state of emergency due to severe flooding across the state. The flooding caused significant damage to infrastructure and resulted in several fatalities.

5. Two of Montana's most influential political figures, former governor and senator Lee Metcalf and former governor Tim Babcock, were both born on February 16, in 1911 and 1919 respectively.
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