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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In Idaho History

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1. In 1883, the University of Idaho was established in Moscow, becoming the state's oldest public university. Today, it is a leading research institution, offering over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

2. On May 19, 1914, actor and musician Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian, Idaho. Known as the "Father of Country Music," Rodgers recorded over 110 songs before his untimely death at the age of 35.

3. In 1968, the United States' first nuclear-powered container ship, the NS Savannah, arrived in Coos Bay, Oregon, after a voyage from Europe. The ship made a brief stop in the port of Lewiston, Idaho, where it was greeted by local officials and residents.

4. May 19, 1972, saw the opening of the new Boise State University Stadium, now known as Albertsons Stadium. The facility is home to the Boise State Broncos football team and has a seating capacity of over 36,000.

5. In 2004, the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) was renamed the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), reflecting its broader mission to support national energy security, nuclear nonproliferation, and environmental management. The facility is one of the nation's leading research and development sites for clean energy technologies.
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