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5 Fun Facts About May 30 In Colorado History

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1. In 1923, the town of Holly, Colorado was destroyed by a devastating tornado that killed 23 people and destroyed most of the buildings in the town. The tornado remains one of the deadliest in Colorado history.

2. On May 30, 1937, the first flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took place in Seattle, Washington. The B-17 would go on to become one of the most iconic aircraft of World War II, and played a crucial role in the air war over Europe.

3. In 1942, a massive coal-mining strike began in Colorado, involving over 7,000 workers across the state. The strike lasted for over a month, and led to violent clashes between striking miners and company guards.

4. On May 30, 1975, the first stretch of Denver's RTD light rail system opened for service. The initial segment ran from downtown Denver to the suburb of Engelwood, and marked the beginning of a major expansion of public transportation in the Denver metro area.

5. In 2013, the devastating Black Forest wildfire broke out near Colorado Springs on May 30, and ultimately burned more than 14,000 acres of land and destroyed over 500 homes. The fire remains one of the most destructive in Colorado history.
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