1. On March 7, 1874, the Northern Pacific Railroad was granted land to build a railroad through North Dakota. This grant helped to greatly improve transportation and commerce in the state.
2. On March 7, 1890, North Dakota became the 39th state in the United States. This momentous occasion marked the end of a long process that began with the Dakota Territory being established in 1861.
3. On March 7, 1915, North Dakota native Peder H. Ronningen was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Army during World War I. Ronningen was recognized for his bravery and leadership during a battle in France in which he led an assault on a well-fortified enemy position.
4. On March 7, 1932, North Dakota's state capitol building in Bismarck was destroyed by a fire. Although many precious items were lost, the state was able to rebuild the capitol and it remains a symbol of North Dakota's resilience and strength.
5. On March 7, 2017, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed a bill into law that repealed a longstanding ban on Sunday morning shopping. Previously, many businesses in the state were prohibited from opening before noon on Sundays.
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