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5 Fun Facts About May 14 In North Dakota History

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1. On May 14, 1954, North Dakota's Senator William Langer was acquitted of charges of bribery and conspiracy. Langer had been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for political favors, but he maintained his innocence throughout the trial and was ultimately acquitted by a jury.

2. May 14, 1918, saw the birth of legendary North Dakota football coach Darrell Mudra. Mudra is best known for his tenure at North Dakota State University, where he led the Bison to three consecutive Division II national championships in the 1980s.

3. In 1929, on May 14th, the town of Devils Lake experienced a record-breaking flood that caused extensive damage and forced thousands of residents to evacuate. The floodwaters swept away homes, businesses, and entire neighborhoods, and the town was ultimately forced to rebuild and relocate many of its buildings.

4. May 14, 1944, marked the beginning of a three-day military exercise known as the "Dakota Maneuvers." The exercise involved more than 30,000 soldiers from the United States Army and was designed to prepare troops for combat in Europe during World War II.

5. On May 14, 2013, North Dakota became the first state in the country to pass a law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around six weeks into a pregnancy. The law was initially struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge, but the state continued to defend it in court and a modified version was eventually upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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