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5 Fun Facts About October 5 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Sully led U.S. troops in the Battle of Killdeer Mountain. The battle was fought against a group of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors who were resisting resettlement on reservations. It resulted in a U.S. victory and the eventual displacement of many Native Americans.

2. On October 5, 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state in the United States. The state had a history of territorial disputes and struggles with Native American tribes, which continued even after statehood was achieved.

3. In 1908, construction began on the Lewis and Clark Bridge, which spans the Missouri River between Williston and Buford, North Dakota. The bridge was completed in 1913 and is still in use today.

4. In 1944, a B-24H Liberator bomber crashed near the town of Flaxton, North Dakota. All eight crew members were killed in the crash. The wreckage was discovered in 1995 and a memorial was erected in honor of the servicemen.

5. On October 5, 2015, the North Dakota Oil Patch was hit by a major snowstorm. This caused widespread power outages and road closures, affecting both the oil industry and local residents. The storm served as a reminder of the harsh weather conditions faced by those living and working in the region.
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