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5 Fun Facts About November 21 In South Dakota History

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1. The Wounded Knee Massacre took place on November 21, 1890, in South Dakota. It was one of the deadliest conflicts between the US government and Native American tribes, resulting in the death of over 150 Lakota Sioux, including women and children.

2. On November 21, 1934, the South Dakota State Capitol building was dedicated in Pierre. The Neo-Classical structure took 14 years to build and is considered one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the United States.

3. In 1927, November 21 marked the opening of Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s sculpting studio. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his team used the studio to create the famous presidential busts that are now a major tourist attraction in South Dakota.

4. On November 21, 1965, the largest wildfire in South Dakota history started in the Black Hills National Forest. Dubbed the 'Nemo Fire,' it burned over 12,000 acres and left 20 people dead, including firefighters and area residents.

5. In 1949, South Dakota State University defeated the University of South Dakota in the first 'Showdown Series' football game on November 21. The rivalry game has been played annually since then, and is one of the biggest sports events in the state each year.
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