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5 Fun Facts About November 21 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota became a state: On November 21, 1889, North Dakota officially became the 39th state in the United States.

2. The first official gubernatorial election: Also on November 21, 1889, North Dakota held its first official gubernatorial election, with John Miller elected as the state's first governor.

3. The 1916 Arctic outbreak: In November 1916, North Dakota experienced one of the most severe cold waves in its history. Temperatures dropped to as low as -60°F, causing widespread hardship.

4. The Fargo-Moorhead flood of 1897: In November 1897, the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead experienced a massive flood that resulted in the destruction of numerous homes and businesses. The flood ultimately caused $2 million in damages.

5. The Bismarck Fire of 1898: On November 21, 1898, a massive fire broke out in downtown Bismarck, destroying over 30 buildings and causing around $ 250,000 in damages. The fire ultimately resulted in the city adopting new building codes and safety regulations.
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