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5 Fun Facts About February 22 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1887, North Dakota's state constitution was ratified by a vote of the people. The constitution established many key features of the state's government, including the three branches of government, the process for creating laws, and the rules for electing officials.

2. On February 22, 1906, the 43rd US President, George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was born in Columbus, Ohio. Although Bush was not a North Dakotan himself, he was an alum of Yale University, where many North Dakotans have attended over the years.

3. In 1917, the North Dakota legislature passed a law prohibiting the use of gasoline for automobiles on Sundays, except for emergencies. The law was meant to encourage people to attend church and take a day of rest. However, it was widely disliked and eventually repealed in 1919.

4. On February 22, 1930, North Dakota's first radio program was broadcast from the studios of KFYR in Bismarck. The program was called "North Dakota Radio Roundup" and it featured news, music, and other entertainment.

5. In 1959, the winter sports facility of Bottineau Winter Park officially opened for the season. The park, which is still in operation today, offers skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities for North Dakotans and visitors alike.
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