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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho became a state on November 9, 1890.
On November 9, 1890, Idaho officially became the 43rd state of the United States. Prior to this, the territory of Idaho had been established in 1863, and its borders were expanded and finalized over the years until it was granted statehood.

2. The largest forest fire in Idaho history started on November 9, 1910.
On this day, a major forest fire broke out in northern Idaho, which eventually burned over three million acres of forest and killed at least 87 people. The event, known as the "Great Fire of 1910," remains the largest wildfire in recorded Idaho history.

3. Idaho's first newspaper was published on November 9, 1863.
On November 9, 1863, the first issue of the Idaho Statesman, Idaho's oldest currently operating newspaper, was published in the state capital of Boise. The paper has been in continuous publication since then, with a circulation that has grown to cover much of the state.

4. A major earthquake struck Idaho on November 9, 1983.
On this day, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck southern Idaho, causing significant damage and resulting in two deaths. The quake was felt across much of the region and remains one of the strongest recorded earthquakes in the state's history.

5. Idaho's famous "Potato Drop" tradition began on November 9, 2013.
On November 9, 2013, Boise, Idaho inaugurated a new New Year's Eve tradition called the "Potato Drop," in which a giant potato-shaped light sculpture is lowered from a crane to mark the arrival of the new year. The tradition has since become a beloved annual event in the city, drawing thousands of spectators and helping to promote Idaho's famous potato industry.
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