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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In South Dakota History

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1. On October 13, 1879, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines) was founded in Rapid City, South Dakota. The school was established to offer courses in mining and engineering and has since grown to become a comprehensive university with programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

2. On October 13, 1892, the first issue of the Aberdeen Daily News was published in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Today, the newspaper is still in circulation and serves as one of the biggest media outlets in the state.

3. On October 13, 1917, South Dakota State University (SDSU) played their first football game against the University of South Dakota (USD). SDSU won the game 38-6, which set the tone for the rivalry between the two schools that continues to this day.

4. On October 13, 1972, the world's largest sculpture, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, was designated a national historic site. The sculpture features the faces of four U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

5. On October 13, 1989, a record-breaking blizzard struck South Dakota and surrounding areas. Dubbed the "Storm of the Century," the blizzard took the lives of 29 people and caused widespread damage and power outages. The storm led to improvements in the state's emergency response system and increased preparedness for future severe weather events.
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