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5 Fun Facts About November 12 In North Dakota History

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1. On November 12, 1898, Stanley Marcus, the future president and CEO of the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, was born in Dallas, Texas. While not a North Dakota native, Marcus made a significant contribution to the state's economy when he led the establishment of a Neiman Marcus distribution center in Fargo in 1952, which employed thousands of workers.

2. November 12, 1955, saw the establishment of Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park in North Dakota. The park honors the legacy and conservation work of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who spent several years in North Dakota in the late 1800s as a rancher and hunter.

3. On November 12, 1966, the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux football team defeated rival North Dakota State University in the "Flickertail State Championship" game. The game, played annually between the two schools, has been a fierce competition for over a century.

4. In 1974, November 12 marked the opening of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The museum showcases the state's natural history, Native American culture, and pioneer heritage through exhibits, interactive displays, and artifacts.

5. On November 12, 2009, North Dakota State University announced plans to construct the nation's largest research and development center for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Grand Forks. The facility, known as the UAS Research and Technology Park, has become a hub for cutting-edge technology and research in the unmanned systems field.
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