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5 Fun Facts About November 4 In Idaho History

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1. In 1871, Idaho's first public school opened in Boise. It was a one-room schoolhouse with seventeen students and one teacher.

2. On November 4, 1896, Idaho elected its first governor under statehood, Frank Steunenberg. He served two terms and was later assassinated in 1905.

3. In 1908, the St. Regis Hotel opened in Boise. It was considered to be one of the grandest hotels in the West and hosted many famous guests, including Harry Houdini and Babe Ruth.

4. On this day in 1924, Idaho held its first statewide election where women had the right to vote. Idaho women had gained suffrage in 1896, but the first election where all women in the state could vote was held on November 4, 1924.

5. In 1976, the Teton Dam in Eastern Idaho collapsed, causing massive flooding in the surrounding area. The disaster resulted in multiple fatalities and millions of dollars in damage. The Teton Dam disaster is still considered one of the worst engineering failures in American history.
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