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5 Fun Facts About March 19 In Montana History

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1. The first ever recorded earthquake in Montana happened on March 19, 1925. It had a magnitude of 6.2 and was felt across multiple states.
2. On March 19, 1916, a wildfire swept through the town of Coaldale, Montana, destroying several homes and killing five people.
3. In 1883, the Montana Territory Legislature approved a bill to establish Montana's first public library on March 19th.
4. March 19, 1823, marked the birthdate of George Bird Grinnell, an American anthropologist who later became known as the "Father of Glacier National Park" due to his efforts to preserve the area.
5. On March 19, 1944, the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge experienced a major prison break. Six inmates managed to escape through an underground tunnel, and two of them were never recaptured.
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