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5 Fun Facts About March 5 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1915, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed a law establishing the state's official flag. The flag features a blue field with a bald eagle and a shield with thirteen stars and stripes, representing the original thirteen states.

2. On March 5, 1933, President Roosevelt declared a national banking holiday in an effort to stabilize the banking system during the Great Depression. As part of the holiday, all banks were closed for a week, and a new framework was established for their reopening.

3. On March 5, 1945, North Dakota native Howard Hawks won the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film "The Lost Weekend." Hawks was born in Goshen, Indiana, but grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, where his father ran a successful business.

4. In 1963, the University of North Dakota men's basketball team won the North Central Conference championship by defeating South Dakota State University 106-76 on March 5. It was the team's first conference championship since 1951.

5. On March 5, 1987, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the state's admission to the Union. The resolution highlighted North Dakota's "rich heritage and natural resources," as well as its significant contributions to agriculture and energy production.
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