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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, but it wasn't until May 27, 1890 that the state officially adopted its flag. The flag features an eagle in flight with the state's name and date of statehood emblazoned upon it.

2. In 1935, the first two service stations in the country to offer self-serve gasoline opened in North Dakota. One was located in St. John and the other in Fargo.

3. May 27, 1943 marked the dedication of the Grand Forks Air Base, which would later become the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The base played an important role in the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War.

4. On May 27, 1958, a tornado hit the town of Fargo, causing significant damage and killing an elderly woman. The storm also resulted in several injuries and destroyed many homes.

5. In 1986, a major wildfire broke out in North Dakota, eventually consuming over 19,000 acres of land. The fire, which was the largest in the state's history at the time, burned for several weeks before being contained.
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