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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1942, a massive blizzard hit North Dakota on November 26, dumping up to 27 inches of snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages and transportation disruptions.

2. On November 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which opened up vast tracts of North Dakota (and other western states) to settlement by offering free land to anyone who would live on and improve it.

3. In 1973, North Dakota Governor William Guy signed into law the nation's first state-level coal severance tax on November 26, which levied a tax on the extraction of coal to help fund public education and other state needs.

4. November 26, 1883 marked the opening day of the Northern Pacific Railroad's main line through North Dakota, providing a major new link between the state and the rest of the country and helping to spur economic growth and settlement in the region.

5. On November 26, 1919, North Dakota became the 19th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This historic event was celebrated by suffragists across the country as a major milestone in the fight for gender equality.
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