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5 Fun Facts About October 2 In North Dakota History

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1. North Dakota State University founded: October 2, 1890, marks the founding of North Dakota State University, initially known as the North Dakota Agricultural College. Today, NDSU is a leading research university in the state, known for its agriculture, engineering, and computer science programs.

2. First radio broadcast in North Dakota: On October 2, 1922, the first radio broadcast in North Dakota was transmitted from KGCX in Grand Forks. The broadcast featured music and commentary on local events and was heard by people in surrounding areas.

3. First oil well discovered: On October 2, 1951, the first oil well in North Dakota was discovered in the Williston Basin, specifically in the Southwest Tioga area. This discovery helped put North Dakota on the map as a major oil-producing state.

4. Devils Lake tornado: On October 2, 1970, a tornado struck the city of Devils Lake, causing significant damage to homes and businesses. One person was killed and several were injured in the storm.

5. First female governor inaugurated: On October 2, 1992, North Dakota inaugurated its first female governor, Ed Schafer. Schafer served two terms and was known for her work on economic development and education initiatives.
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