1. Statehood: North Dakota became a state on February 17, 1889, along with South Dakota, making it the 39th state in the United States. The two states were admitted to the union on the same day, making it the first time in U.S. history that two states were admitted at the same time.
2. Agriculture success: On February 17, 1914, the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released a bulletin that led to the creation of the Marquis wheat variety. This wheat strain was significant in the development of the state's agriculture industry, as it was resistant to many wheat diseases and could grow in harsh climates.
3. The ND Flag: The current North Dakota state flag was adopted on February 17, 1921. The flag features designs and symbols representing the state's natural resources, agriculture, and Native American heritage.
4. Emergency Services: On February 17, 1962, North Dakota established the North Dakota State Radio Communications System (SRCS) to provide communication services to state agencies, local government entities, and emergency responders. The system is still in use today and has helped coordinate disaster response efforts across the state.
5. Birthplace of a President: North Dakota is the birthplace of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who was born on February 17, 1858, in New York City. Although not a native North Dakotan, Roosevelt was an early advocate for conservation and visited North Dakota many times to hunt and explore the state's vast wilderness areas.
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