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5 Fun Facts About January 31 In North Dakota History

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1. On January 31, 1876, the United States Cavalry launched a surprise raid on a village of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux in what is now North Dakota. The attack, which became known as the Battle of Wolf Mountain, resulted in the deaths of several Lakota warriors and the capture of many women and children.

2. In 1919, North Dakota became the 19th state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition remained in effect until it was repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.

3. North Dakota native Peggy Lee, who was born in Jamestown on May 26, 1920, celebrated her 15th birthday on January 31, 1935. Lee went on to become one of the most successful and acclaimed jazz and pop singers of the 20th century, recording hits like "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?"

4. The North Dakota State University football team won its first and only NCAA Division II National Championship on January 31, 1987, defeating the University of Portland 35-21 in the championship game. The Bison finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record.

5. On January 31, 2019, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum delivered his State of the State address, outlining his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Burgum, a Republican, emphasized the need for increased funding for infrastructure, education and other key areas, as well as a continued focus on economic growth and innovation.
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