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5 Fun Facts About January 23 In Montana History

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1. In 1873, the famous outlaw John Wesley Hardin was captured in Pensacola, Florida. Hardin was known for being one of the most ruthless gunmen in the West, and had killed many men during his time as an outlaw. He was eventually sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released after serving only 17 years.

2. On January 23, 1897, the town of Havre, Montana experienced one of the most severe blizzards in its history. The storm brought heavy snow and high winds, causing widespread damage and making travel nearly impossible. Many farms and ranches were completely isolated for several days.

3. In 1912, boxer Harry Greb defeated Al McCoy in a 15-round bout held in Butte, Montana. Greb was known for his aggressive style and ability to absorb punishment, and was one of the most successful fighters of his era. He went on to win several world titles in multiple weight classes.

4. The Montana State Legislature convened for its 42nd session on January 23, 1961. During this session, lawmakers focused on issues such as public education, highway construction, and natural resource management. The session lasted for 57 days and resulted in several new pieces of legislation being passed.

5. In 2003, a major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck near the city of Bam, Iran. The earthquake caused widespread damage and resulted in the deaths of over 26,000 people. Montana residents joined people around the world in offering aid and support to those affected by the disaster.
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