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5 Fun Facts About November 19 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 19, 1889, becoming the 39th state in the United States.

2. On November 19, 1919, North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier signed the state's first workmen's compensation law, which provided benefits to workers who were injured on the job.

3. One of North Dakota's most famous residents, Lawrence Welk, was born on November 19, 1903, in Strasburg, North Dakota. Welk went on to become a popular musician and bandleader, hosting his own television show, "The Lawrence Welk Show," for over 20 years.

4. On November 19, 1955, a devastating wildfire known as the Long X Fire burned over 250,000 acres of land in western North Dakota, destroying homes, farms, and ranches. The fire was eventually brought under control with the help of hundreds of firefighters from across the country.

5. In 2013, the people of Bismarck, North Dakota, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the construction of the city's iconic Kirkwood Mall. The mall, which opened on November 19, 1913, was the first enclosed shopping center in North Dakota and the first mall to incorporate a department store (J.C. Penney) as an anchor tenant.
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