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5 Fun Facts About February 3 In Montana History

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1. In 1913, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring the state of Montana on February 3. The stamp featured an image of the state's largest city, Billings.

2. On February 3, 1934, the notorious outlaw and bank robber, John Dillinger, was rumored to have robbed the First National Bank in Helena, Montana. Despite the reports, it was later discovered that Dillinger was actually in Tucson, Arizona at the time.

3. In 1959, Montana's first state lottery was held on February 3. The game was called "Treasure State Jackpot" and had a top prize of $50,000.

4. On February 3, 1973, the Montana State Legislature passed the Montana Human Rights Act, making Montana the eighth state in the nation to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, and sex.

5. February 3, 2006, was a historic day in Montana as it marked the official launch of the Montana Comprehensive Health Association. The MCHA, also known as the "Montana Health Insurance Pool," was established to provide access to health insurance for those denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or high-risk factors.
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