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5 Fun Facts About September 5 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1910, the city of Bismarck was hit by a tremendous windstorm. The winds were so strong that they lifted a train off its tracks and knocked out power in the entire city. Many buildings were damaged, and some were completely destroyed. It was one of the worst windstorms in the city's history.

2. In 1985, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux football team defeated the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in a thrilling upset. UND was a Division II team at the time, while Minnesota was a Division I team. The game was played in front of over 40,000 fans at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

3. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt visited Grand Forks as part of his campaign for the presidency. Roosevelt had previously served as president from 1901 to 1909, and he was running as a third-party candidate in the 1912 election. He spoke to a large crowd in downtown Grand Forks and received a warm welcome from the people of North Dakota.

4. In 1971, the United States government announced plans to build a missile defense system (nicknamed "Safeguard") in North Dakota. The system was intended to protect the country from a Soviet nuclear attack, but it was never fully implemented due to technical and political issues. The site of the proposed missile defense system is now a national historic site.

5. In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near their reservation. The protests lasted for several months and drew international attention. The pipeline was eventually completed, but the protests raised awareness about Native American rights and the importance of protecting the environment.
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