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5 Fun Facts About July 20 In Idaho History

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1. In 1898, the Coeur d'Alene labor strike reached its peak on July 20. Over 3,000 miners walked off the job demanding better wages and working conditions. The strike resulted in violence and a military intervention by the federal government.

2. On July 20, 1917, the Idaho National Guard was mobilized to provide security during the Bisbee deportation in Arizona. Over 1,200 striking copper miners were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to detention camps.

3. In 1951, the Great Flood of 1951 devastated many parts of Idaho, including the city of Boise. On July 20, the Boise River reached its peak height of 10.64 feet, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses.

4. On July 20, 1969, Idahoans gathered around their television sets to witness the moon landing. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon, a historic moment that was celebrated throughout the state.

5. In 1994, Idahoan Frank Church passed away on July 20. Church represented Idaho in the U.S. Senate for 24 years and was known for his work on environmental conservation, international relations, and government oversight. His legacy continues to be felt in Idaho and beyond.
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