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5 Fun Facts About January 3 In Montana History

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1. On January 3, 1959, Montana experienced one of the worst cold snaps in its history. The temperature dropped to -70°F in a few towns, including Rogers Pass and Lincoln, and remained below zero for several days.

2. January 3, 1924, witnessed a devastating train derailment in Butte that resulted in the deaths of several railroad workers. The accident was caused by a defective brake that failed to stop a descending train.

3. In 1972, January 3 became a significant day in the history of Montana's criminal justice system. That year, the state's Supreme Court invalidated the death penalty, making Montana the first state to abolish capital punishment through judicial action.

4. On January 3, 1944, a U.S Army Air Corps bomber crashed into Mount Cleveland, one of the highest peaks in Glacier National Park. All ten crew members were killed in the tragedy, which was attributed to severe weather conditions.

5. January 3, 1878, marked the opening of Montana's first legislative session after becoming a state in 1889. During that session, lawmakers passed a series of bills aimed at establishing the state's legal and political institutions, including the creation of the Montana Supreme Court.
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