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
  • 2016-12-03 US army decides it will not allow an oil pipeline to be built in North Dakota, after months of protests by The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Famous Birthdays

  • 1877-08-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1908-03-22 Louis D L'Amour, author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1933-11-29 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, born in Grand Forks, North Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1943-04-30 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2016)
  • 1944-02-23 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1948-03-12 Kent Conrad, (Sen-D North Dakota)
  • 1952-09-02 Earl Pomeroy, (Rep-D-North Dakota)
  • 1953-01-01 Gary Johnson, American businessman, politician, Libertarian Party nominee for Presiden 2016, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1955-09-21 Richard J Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1957-03-13 John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota
  • 1970-12-23 Kimberly Ann Cooley, Miss America-ND (1996), born in Grand Forks, 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)