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5 Fun Facts About January 21 In North Dakota History

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1. On January 21, 1889, North Dakota was admitted as the 39th state in the Union. The state's name is derived from the Dakota Sioux tribe, meaning "allies" or "friends."

2. In 1943, a B-24 bomber crashed near Bowdon, North Dakota, killing all 10 crew members on board. The wreckage remained undiscovered for 50 years until a farmer stumbled upon it in a field.

3. On January 21, 1972, North Dakota held its first caucus as part of the presidential nomination process. The state has used the caucus system since then, but in 2020 switched to a presidential primary election.

4. In 1991, North Dakota's worst blizzard on record hit the state, dumping over 2 feet of snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages and road closures.

5. On January 21, 2017, thousands of North Dakotans participated in the Women's March, joining millions across the country in a show of solidarity and protest for women's rights and against the policies of President Trump.
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