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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In North Dakota History

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1. On June 24, 1909, a catastrophic wildfire known as the Hinckley Fire swept through North Dakota and Minnesota. It originated near the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, and rapidly spread, ultimately destroying over 200,000 acres of land and killing over 400 people.

2. June 24, 1930 marked the opening of the Roosevelt-Cass Dam, now known as the Garrison Dam. Located on the Missouri River in central North Dakota, the dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the world and provides hydroelectric power, irrigation, and flood control to the region.

3. On June 24, 1987, North Dakota became the first state in the U.S. to ban smoking in most public buildings. The law was seen as a groundbreaking step in promoting public health and reducing the risks of secondhand smoke.

4. The North Dakota State Fair, one of the state's largest annual events and a major attraction for tourists, begins on June 24 and runs for nine days. The fair features a wide variety of entertainment, including concerts, carnival rides, and agricultural exhibits.

5. On June 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations could refuse to provide contraception coverage to their employees if it conflicted with their religious beliefs. The decision was widely controversial and sparked debate about the balance between religious freedom and women's reproductive rights.
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