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5 Fun Facts About May 26 In North Dakota History

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1. On May 26, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the North Dakota Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, establishing the Sheyenne River as a nationally protected waterway. This marked a significant victory for environmentalists, who had been advocating for the preservation of the river's wild and scenic qualities.

2. In 1940, on May 26th, the town of Joplin, North Dakota was hit by a violent tornado that caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, and farmland. Despite the destruction, there were no fatalities, thanks to the warnings and safety measures taken by the town's residents.

3. On May 26, 1908, the town of Hettinger, North Dakota officially became incorporated. Named after local businessman and politician Mathias Hettinger, the town was established as a hub of agricultural activity and transportation.

4. In 1875, on May 26th, the Northern Pacific Railroad completed construction of its main line through North Dakota. The completion of this line helped to connect the state's agricultural producers with markets in the east, and paved the way for the development of towns and communities along the rail route.

5. On May 26, 1983, the North Dakota State University Bison won the NCAA Division II National Baseball Championship, defeating the University of North Alabama by a score of 16-9. This was the first national championship for any NDSU team in any sport, and served as a highlight of the university's athletic program.
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