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5 Fun Facts About January 26 In North Dakota History

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1. Statehood Day: January 26 marks North Dakota's Statehood Day. The state was admitted to the Union on this day in 1889 as the 39th state.

2. North Dakota Flag: On January 26, 1911, North Dakota officially adopted its state flag. The flag features a blue field with a bald eagle holding a ribbon in its beak that reads "E Pluribus Unum," meaning "out of many, one."

3. Fargo Fire: On January 26, 1893, a devastating fire broke out in downtown Fargo. The fire destroyed over 30 buildings and caused $3 million in damages (equivalent to over $80 million today). It remains one of the worst fires in North Dakota history.

4. Women's Suffrage: On January 26, 1917, North Dakota became the 15th state to grant women the right to vote in presidential elections. This was three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified nationally.

5. Winter Weather: North Dakota is no stranger to harsh winter weather, and January 26 has seen its fair share of extreme conditions. For example, in 2010, a blizzard hit the state, causing whiteout conditions and shutting down major highways. Additionally, on January 26, 1978, record-breaking low temperatures were recorded across the state, with some areas dropping to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
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