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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Montana History

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1. In 1949, the University of Montana's School of Journalism was established. It has since become one of the top journalism schools in the nation.

2. On January 24, 1916, Montana became the first state to elect a woman, Jeannette Rankin, to the United States Congress. She served two non-consecutive terms and was a leading advocate for women's suffrage and peace.

3. In 1895, the Montana Legislature passed a law making it illegal to operate a bicycle without a bell, lantern or other audible device after dark. This law was repealed in 1951.

4. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through what is now Montana on January 24, 1806. They encountered bitter cold and deep snow drifts, but managed to make it to the Pacific Ocean and complete their epic journey.

5. The town of Philipsburg, Montana, was founded on January 24, 1867. It became a center of mining activity and is now a popular tourist destination known for its historic buildings and outdoor recreation opportunities.
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