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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Montana History

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1. On November 16, 1885, the city of Butte, Montana experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of the city's business district. The fire broke out in a saloon and quickly spread to nearby buildings, burning for several hours before finally being brought under control.

2. The same day, in 1900, the University of Montana was established in Missoula. Initially consisting of only a handful of students and faculty, the university has since grown into a major institution of higher education.

3. On November 16, 1929, the first airplane mail delivery service was established in Montana, with a flight from Helena to Butte. This marked a significant milestone in the development of air travel and the postal system.

4. In 1977, on November 16, the state of Montana celebrated its centennial anniversary of statehood. A number of events and celebrations were held throughout the state to commemorate the occasion.

5. Finally, on November 16, 1981, the first broadcast of Montana Public Radio (MTPR) was aired. MTPR has since become a critical source of news, information, and cultural programming for Montanans all across the state.
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