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5 Fun Facts About November 3 In North Dakota History

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1. Statehood Day - On November 3, 1889, North Dakota was admitted as the 39th state in the United States. This day is now celebrated as Statehood Day across North Dakota to commemorate the event.

2. Armistice Day Blizzard - On November 3, 1940, a severe blizzard hit North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, causing widespread damage and fatalities. The storm, known as the Armistice Day Blizzard, killed over 150 people and is considered one of the worst blizzards in Midwest history.

3. First State Capitol - On November 3, 1884, the cornerstones of the first North Dakota State Capitol were laid in Bismarck. The building was completed in 1885 and served as the state capitol until 1934 when it was replaced by a new building.

4. Theodore Roosevelt's Visit - On November 3, 1910, President Theodore Roosevelt visited Fargo, North Dakota to give a speech at the city's opera house. Thousands of people gathered to see the former President, who was still popular in the region.

5. First Airplane Landing - On November 3, 1911, the first airplane landed in North Dakota. The pilot, Jimmie Ward, flew from Fargo to Valley City and back, marking the first aerial cross-country flight in the state's history.
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