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5 Fun Facts About January 23 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1875, the town of Wahpeton was incorporated as a city. Named after the Wahpeton Sioux tribe, the city is located in southeastern North Dakota and has a population of approximately 7,000 people.

2. On January 23, 1962, the United States Air Force launched a Titan II missile from a silo near Lisbon, North Dakota. This was part of a test program to evaluate the performance and reliability of the missile system.

3. In 1987, the North Dakota Legislature designated January 23 as North Dakota Aviation Day. This day honors the state's aviation history and accomplishments, including the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927 by North Dakota native Charles Lindbergh.

4. On January 23, 1998, the North Dakota State University Bison football team won their first playoff game in school history. They defeated the Sam Houston State Bearkats 45-34 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship.

5. In 2018, a winter storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to North Dakota on January 23. The storm caused travel disruptions and power outages across the state, with some areas receiving up to a foot of snow.
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