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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Montana History

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1. On September 28, 1918, a massive wildfire broke out in the town of Cloquet, Minnesota, which would eventually spread into Montana. Within hours, the fire had destroyed more than 250,000 acres of land, including several communities in Montana. The fire continued to burn for days, causing widespread devastation and leaving thousands homeless.

2. On September 28, 1934, legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe played his final professional football game for the Chicago Cardinals against the Chicago Bears in Great Falls, Montana. The game ended in a 16-14 victory for the Cardinals, with Thorpe scoring the game-winning touchdown.

3. On September 28, 1961, the Montana State University Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College) opened its doors for the first time. The school was originally founded to offer teacher training programs to residents of eastern Montana, but has since grown to include a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

4. On September 28, 1987, the small town of Ekalaka, Montana was hit by a powerful tornado that caused significant damage to homes and businesses in the area. Despite the severity of the storm, there were no fatalities reported.

5. On September 28, 2015, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to a severe drought affecting much of the state. The order allowed for the mobilization of state resources to help mitigate the effects of the drought and ensure that communities had access to adequate water supplies.
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