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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In North Dakota History

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1. The University of North Dakota was founded on November 16, 1883. It was the first university in the state and originally offered only classical courses. Today, UND is a research institution with over 250 fields of study.

2. On November 16, 1918, North Dakotan John Moses was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served until 1945. Moses was known for his strong support of agriculture and rural communities.

3. The first diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church in North America was established in Fargo on November 16, 1924. The St. Mary's Cathedral was built to serve this community and remains an important cultural landmark in Fargo.

4. On November 16, 1936, the Great Plains Winter Sports Carnival opened in Fargo. The event featured skiing, ice skating, and other winter activities, and was intended to promote North Dakota as a winter sports destination. The carnival was held annually until 1941.

5. On November 16, 2012, North Dakota became the first state to legalize the use of drones by law enforcement. The state's legislature passed a bill allowing police to use drones with a warrant, and the law went into effect in August 2013.
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