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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In South Dakota History

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1. On March 23, 1868, the Sioux Indian Treaty of 1868 was signed, which marked the end of Red Cloud's War and allowed the Sioux to retain the Black Hills of South Dakota. However, this treaty was later broken in 1874 when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, leading to conflict between the U.S. government and the Sioux.

2. In 1909, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a bill to establish a state school of mines, which ultimately became the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The school has an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology fields and currently enrolls over 2,800 students.

3. March 23, 1910, was a historic day for aviation in South Dakota, as John Berry set a new altitude record by flying his biplane to 8,600 feet in the air over Rapid City. This accomplishment put the state on the map as a hub for early aviation.

4. On March 23, 1939, a tornado struck Redfield, South Dakota, causing significant damage and claiming 6 lives. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in state history, and its impact was felt throughout the community.

5. In 1988, South Dakota native Tom Brokaw published his best-selling book, "The Greatest Generation," which tells the story of the men and women who grew up during the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II. Brokaw's work has been praised for its insight into the generation's resilience and determination.
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