North Dakota in History

Historical Events

  • 1889-02-22 US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union
  • 1889-11-02 North Dakota becomes 39th & South Dakota becomes 40th state in the United States
  • 1911-03-18 North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law
  • 1933-01-03 Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
  • 1936-02-15 -60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)
  • 1936-07-06 121°F (49°C), Steele, North Dakota (state record)
  • 1941-03-15 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • 1941-03-16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • 1945-06-29 20.6 cm rainfall at Litchville North Dakota (state record)
  • 1979-05-29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl role", in which Anderson's title character leaves her 'Prairie' like North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents divorce
  • 1995-03-08 -26°F (-32.2°C) in Bismarck, North Dakota

Famous Birthdays

  • 1877-08-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1944-02-23 Mike Maxfield, rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1948-03-12 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • 1952-09-02 Earl Pomeroy, (Rep-D-North Dakota)
  • 1957-03-13 John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota
  • 1971-06-13 Lauri Marie Gapp, Miss USA-North Dakota (1997)
  • 1975-09-11 Juliette Spier, Miss North Dakota USA (1996)
  • 1977-10-22 Katrina Bergstrom, Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979-02-13 Julie Nagle, Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1997)

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-02-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)