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5 Fun Facts About June 18 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1888, the first train arrived in the newly established town of Ashley, North Dakota. The town was named after Ashley Long, who led a group of settlers to the area in 1885. The train arrival marked an important milestone in the town's growth and development.

2. In 1942, a severe hailstorm struck the city of Minot, causing widespread damage to crops, homes, and infrastructure. The hailstones were estimated to be as large as golf balls, and the storm caused millions of dollars in damages.

3. On June 18, 1953, North Dakota became the first state to adopt a ban on the sale of cigarettes to minors. The law, which was signed by Governor Clarence P. Dahl, made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase tobacco products in the state.

4. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, which designated certain areas of North Dakota as protected wilderness areas. The act aimed to preserve natural areas and promote outdoor recreation activities.

5. On June 18, 1983, a tornado struck the town of Kulm, North Dakota, destroying several homes and businesses. The tornado was part of a severe storm system that caused widespread damage throughout the Midwest. Despite the destruction, no fatalities were reported in the Kulm tornado.
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