1. In 1889, North Dakota officially became a state on November 2, as President Benjamin Harrison signed the statehood proclamation. North Dakota became the 39th state in America.
2. In 1948, Democratic candidate Harry S. Truman gave a speech in Fargo, North Dakota, during his successful campaign for re-election as President of the United States. Truman went on to win the election against Republican nominee Thomas E. Dewey.
3. In 1996, a record-breaking blizzard known as the "Halloween Blizzard" hit North Dakota on October 31 and continued through November 2. The state saw up to 30 inches of snowfall and experienced winds up to 75 mph, causing widespread power outages and road closures.
4. On November 2, 1965, former North Dakota Governor and United States Senator William L. Guy was inaugurated as the state's 26th governor. Guy served two terms as governor and later served in the US Senate from 1975 to 1981.
5. On November 2, 1902, the University of North Dakota football team played their first home game in Grand Forks. The game, against the Fargo Agricultural College, resulted in a 24-0 victory for the UND team. Today, the UND Fighting Hawks football team plays their home games at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
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