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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In South Dakota History

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1. In 1889, South Dakota was admitted as the 40th state of the United States. The state was formed from parts of the Dakota Territory, which had been divided into North and South Dakota.

2. On January 14, 1943, an Army Air Force B-17 bomber crashed near Lead, South Dakota. All ten crew members were killed in the crash, which was caused by bad weather and pilot error.

3. In 1963, the South Dakota State Capitol building in Pierre was completed. The building, which is designed in the Art Deco style, features a 162-foot-high central tower and is one of the tallest capitol buildings in the United States.

4. On January 14, 1970, a massive blizzard swept across South Dakota, causing widespread damage and several deaths. The storm, which was dubbed the "Great Plains Blizzard," brought high winds, snow, and cold temperatures to the region.

5. In 1972, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck near Harrison, South Dakota. The quake, which was felt across the region, caused minor damage to buildings and rattled nerves, but no serious injuries were reported.
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