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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In Montana History

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1. Montana State Capitol Building Fire: On November 9, 1935, the Montana State Capitol Building in Helena caught fire and burned down. The fire was started by a faulty heating system and destroyed the entire building, including the governor's office and the state library.

2. Montana's First Radio Broadcast: On November 9, 1922, Montana's first radio station, KGEZ, began broadcasting from Kalispell. The station was founded by a local business owner and broadcasted a mix of local news, music, and advertisements.

3. The Battle of the Rosebud: On June 17, 1876, a battle between the Sioux and the U.S. Army took place near Rosebud Creek in eastern Montana. However, it was on November 9, 1876, that General George Crook, who had been leading the Army's campaign against the Sioux, withdrew from the area, effectively ending the Battle of the Rosebud.

4. Montana Pioneer, Governor, and Senator: On November 9, 1908, Joseph M. Dixon was elected as the governor of Montana. Dixon was a prominent figure in Montana politics, serving as both governor and a U.S. senator. He was also a pioneer in Montana's logging and mining industries.

5. First Transatlantic Flight: On November 9, 1919, two British pilots, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown, completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland, Canada to Clifden, Ireland. While not directly related to Montana history, this event was significant in global aviation history and was likely widely celebrated in Montana at the time.
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