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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In North Dakota History

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1. On June 22, 1892, the Great Northern Railway opened its line from Devils Lake to Minot, North Dakota. The new line gave farmers and merchants access to fast transportation to cities for supplies, and their produce was shipped out quickly to eastern markets.

2. In 1910, on June 22, a group of 14 men completed a historic flight in the first airplane flight in North Dakota history. The flight, piloted by Arch Hoxsey, took off from Fargo and flew to Moorhead, Minnesota, just across the state line.

3. On June 22, 1934, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took down the notorious "Ma" Barker gang in a shootout at a lakefront cabin near Oklawaha, Florida. Two members of the gang, Arthur "Dock" Barker and Fred Barker, were from the Fargo area in North Dakota.

4. In 1965, on June 22, the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command opened a new missile site in Cooperstown, North Dakota. The site was one of 150 scattered across the Midwest, built to launch nuclear missiles in response to a Soviet attack.

5. On June 22, 1987, the North Dakota State University Bison football team announced the hiring of new head coach Earle Solomonson. Solomonson went on to lead the team to six consecutive Division II national championships from 1988 to 1990.
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