South Dakota in History

South Dakota: Sioux Falls

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
  • 1896-06-11 US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
  • 1898-04-20 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
  • 1900-09-10 20.3 cm rainfall at Elk Point, South Dakota (state record)
  • 1921-10-28 First American gubernatorial recall election is held in South Dakota. Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos.
  • 1927-06-30 US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota closes
  • 1936-02-17 -58°F (-50°C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
  • 1936-07-05 120°F (49°C), Gannvalley, South Dakota (state record)
  • 1943-01-20 Lead, South Dakota, temp is 52°F, while 1.5 miles away Deadwood, SD, records -16°F
  • 1945-07-14 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
  • 1973-02-27 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • 1975-06-26 Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 1989-12-22 Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pittsburgh, 18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska, -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • 1993-04-19 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.
  • 2003-08-16 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • 2006-03-06 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1901-08-08 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)
  • 1915-04-17 Joe Foss, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1922-11-16 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist (designed IMB mainframe), born in Flandreau, South Dakota (d. 2015)
  • 1931-02-06 Mamie Van Doren, American actress (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-02-22 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1934-05-10 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), born in Mitchell, South Dakota
  • 1940-02-06 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1946-12-28 Tim Johnson, American politician, senior senator from South Dakota
  • 1956-01-10 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter (Sunny Came Home), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • 1971-05-01 Jamie Marie Swenson, Miss USA-South Dakota (1997)
  • 1975-05-28 Caresa Winters, Miss South Dakota USA (1996)
  • 1977-07-12 Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1979-03-28 Juli Keech, Miss South Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • 1980-05-09 Tatewin Means, Miss South Dakota Teen USA (1996)

Famous Weddings

  • 2010-10-10 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota

Famous Deaths

  • 2012-01-12 Bill Janklow, four-term Governor of South Dakota, dies of brain cancer at 72