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5 Fun Facts About June 4 In North Dakota History

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1. On June 4, 1980, a destructive tornado hit the town of Oakes, North Dakota, causing significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. The tornado was rated as an F4 on the Fujita scale and resulted in one death and numerous injuries.

2. In 1919, on June 4th, North Dakota became the 19th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This was a significant milestone in the women's suffrage movement and helped pave the way for greater gender equality in the United States.

3. On June 4, 1983, the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota hosted a "Peacekeeper Day" event to showcase the Air Force's new missile system. The event included a parade, demonstrations, and speeches by military leaders, and was designed to promote public support for the Peacekeeper missile program.

4. In 1917, on June 4th, the North Dakota Agricultural College (now known as North Dakota State University) held its first commencement ceremony. The school, which was founded in 1890, has since grown into a major research university with a wide range of academic programs.

5. On June 4, 1967, North Dakota Senator Quentin N. Burdick was one of only two senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to escalate U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War. Burdick's opposition to the resolution reflected growing public skepticism about the war and helped pave the way for greater anti-war activism in the United States.
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