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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho Territory held its first general election on November 8, 1864, after being established earlier that year. Several elected officials and representatives were chosen to serve in the newly formed territorial government, including Governor Caleb Lyon and Delegate to Congress Edward D. Holbrook.

2. On November 8, 1898, a fire erupted in downtown Boise and quickly spread, destroying several city blocks and causing millions of dollars worth of damage. The fire was one of the most devastating in Idaho's history, and it prompted many cities across the state to adopt new building codes and fire safety regulations.

3. Idaho native and famous explorer Richard E. Byrd was born on November 8, 1888. Byrd famously led several expeditions to Antarctica in the 1920s and 1930s, and he was later awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his contributions to scientific research and exploration.

4. On November 8, 1910, Idaho voters passed a constitutional amendment that allowed for the direct election of U.S. Senators by popular vote. Previously, Senators were appointed by state legislatures, but the amendment helped shift power to the hands of citizens and marked an important milestone in the history of American democracy.

5. The first radio broadcast in Idaho history took place on November 8, 1922. Radio station KFAU in Moscow, Idaho, began broadcasting music and news to local residents, making it one of the first radio stations in the Pacific Northwest. The station is still in operation today, and is now known as Newsradio 1080 KRLC.
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