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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In North Dakota History

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1. On March 14, 1889, North Dakota was officially recognized as a state. As part of the Dakota Territory until that time, North Dakota became the 39th state in the union, along with neighboring state South Dakota.

2. In 1932, North Dakota held its first-ever state basketball tournament beginning on March 14. The tournament has since become an annual tradition, drawing thousands of fans from around the state to watch high school basketball teams compete for the title of state champions.

3. On March 14, 1968, North Dakota suffered a catastrophic blizzard that left many communities buried under several feet of snow, with winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour. The blizzard lasted for three days and claimed the lives of at least seven people.

4. March 14, 1997, was a significant day for the North Dakota State Bison football team, as they defeated Southwest Texas State University to secure their first-ever Division II national championship. It was the first of several national championships for the Bison football program.

5. In more recent years, March 14 has become known as Pi Day, in reference to the mathematical constant pi (3.14159265359…). Some North Dakota schools have celebrated Pi Day by hosting math-themed events and competitions, or by serving pie to students and staff.
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