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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Montana History

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1. On July 6, 1887, the town of Billings was officially incorporated. Named after Frederick H. Billings, a former president of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the city grew rapidly in the early 20th century due to its location as a transportation hub for the region.

2. In 1907, on July 6th, the United States Forest Service was established. The agency was created to manage the nation's forests and public lands, and Montana has some of the country's most famous protected areas, including Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.

3. On July 6, 1943, the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in Butte was hit by a massive earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. The quake caused extensive damage to the mining facilities and the surrounding town, but there were no fatalities reported.

4. Montana became a state on November 8, 1889, but on July 6th of that same year, the final draft of the state constitution was completed. Written in just 48 days, the constitution laid the groundwork for Montana's government and judicial system.

5. On July 6, 1967, the small town of Malta became the site of a historic UFO sighting. Over a dozen witnesses reported seeing strange lights in the sky, and one individual even claimed to have been abducted by aliens. The Malta UFO incident remains a topic of interest for UFO enthusiasts and researchers to this day.
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