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5 Fun Facts About June 2 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho became a state: On June 2, 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. The state was admitted to the Union after a long struggle for statehood.

2. Frank Steunenberg was born: On June 2, 1861, Frank Steunenberg was born in Keokuk County, Iowa. Steunenberg served as the governor of Idaho from 1897 to 1901, and was assassinated in 1905.

3. The Great Fire of 1910: On June 2, 1910, a massive wildfire began in Idaho and Montana. Known as the Great Fire of 1910, the blaze burned over three million acres and killed at least 87 people.

4. Ernest Hemingway moved to Idaho: On June 2, 1961, the famous writer Ernest Hemingway moved to Ketchum, Idaho. Hemingway spent the last years of his life in Idaho, and it was where he committed suicide in 1961.

5. Idaho's oldest bank robber: On June 2, 2008, 92-year-old bank robber Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Barzee was the oldest person ever to be indicted for bank robbery in Idaho.
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