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5 Fun Facts About July 16 In Montana History

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1. The Montana Territory was created on July 16, 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Organic Act.
2. On July 16, 1935, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company labor strike began, with over 3,000 miners walking off the job in protest of reduced wages and longer working hours.
3. Montana's state motto, "Oro y Plata" (Gold and Silver), was adopted on July 16, 1865, emphasizing the importance of mining to the state's economy.
4. On July 16, 1980, the North Fork Fire broke out in Glacier National Park, ultimately consuming over 42,000 acres before it was finally contained in October.
5. Montana's first female governor, Judy Martz, was born on July 16, 1943, in Big Timber. She served as governor from 2001-2005.
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