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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1959, Fargo Airway Beacon, a 42-foot high concrete structure consisting of a beacon beacon light and four air navigation light beacons was constructed in Riverdale. The structure was installed to enable planes to navigate their route between the east and west coasts. Although now inactive, Fargo Airway Beacon still stands as a notable landmark in North Dakota.

2. June 13, 1967, Ray Weishaar, a Grand Forks-native and one of the original members of the Harley-Davidson racing team, was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Columbus, Ohio. Weishaar was a renowned dirt track racer and a six-time national champion, who helped popularize motorcycle racing in America in the early 20th century.

3. In 1999, North Dakota welcomed 3,500 Olympic hopefuls from across the country as it hosted the U.S. Olympic Festival. The event featured a series of competitions in various sports, such as swimming, wrestling, gymnastics, and track and field. It was the first time the event was held in the state, and it provided an opportunity for North Dakota's athletes to show their skills on the national stage.

4. On June 13, 2002, the town of Bowman broke the world record for the largest bologna sandwich, which weighed over 1,000 pounds. The sandwich was made with 500 pounds of bologna, 30 gallons of mayonnaise, 200 pounds of lettuce, and 80 loaves of bread. Not only did the event put Bowman on the map, but it also helped raise money for the local school's athletic program.

5. In 2011, the North Dakota State Capitol celebrated its 75th anniversary. The building, which was completed in 1936, is an iconic part of the state's history and a symbol of its strength and resilience. It features unique art deco designs, richly decorated interiors, and impressive murals depicting North Dakota's history and culture. To mark this milestone, the state hosted a series of events and exhibitions, showcasing the Capitol's architectural and historical significance.
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