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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In North Dakota History

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1. Groundhog Day: On February 2, North Dakotans join the rest of the country in anticipating whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, forecasting either six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

2. North Dakota becoming a state: February 2, 1889, is the day that North Dakota was officially admitted to the Union as the 39th state.

3. Record low temperature: On February 2, 1936, the temperature in Parshall, North Dakota, dropped to a record-low of -60°F (-51°C), the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.

4. Winter Olympics: In 1960, February 2 marked the opening day of the VIII Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. North Dakota native Charles Jewtraw had been the first gold medalist at the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, paving the way for future winter sports champions from the state.

5. NDSU Bison football: February 2, 2011, saw the North Dakota State University Bison football team celebrate their first ever national championship, having won the FCS championship game against Sam Houston State on January 7 of that year. The Bison have since gone on to win a total of eight national championships, cementing their status as one of the most successful college football programs in the country.
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