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5 Fun Facts About January 12 In Idaho History

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1. In 1863, the Idaho Territory was established by an act of Congress, encompassing all of present-day Idaho as well as parts of Montana and Wyoming. The first territorial capital was Lewiston.

2. On January 12, 1906, the Coeur d'Alene mining disaster occurred in northern Idaho, when a fire broke out in the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mine, killing 39 miners. It remains one of the deadliest mining disasters in US history.

3. In 1912, Idaho became the first state to grant women the right to vote in presidential elections, standing out as a leader in the national suffrage movement. This landmark achievement paved the way for other states to follow suit and for the 19th Amendment to be ratified eight years later.

4. On January 12, 1949, the state's first television station, KTVB-TV, began broadcasting in Boise, ushering in a new era of media and entertainment in Idaho and helping to shape the cultural landscape of the state.

5. In 1997, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the creation of the College of Southern Idaho's Jerome Center, offering educational opportunities to rural communities in southern Idaho. The center has since grown into a full-fledged campus, providing affordable, accessible higher education to students in the region.
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