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)
  • 1964-01-19 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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)
  • 1896-06-21 Dorothy Stickney, American actress (And So They Were Married), born in Dickinson, North Dakota (d. 1998)
  • 1903-03-11 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Strasburg, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1908-03-22 Louis D L'Amour, author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1909-01-22 Ann Sothern [Harriette Arlene Lake], American actress (Lady in a Cage), born in Valley City, North Dakota (d. 2001)
  • 1912-11-18 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), born in Mandan, North Dakota (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-26 Eric Sevareid, American author and News correspondent (CBS), born in Velva, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1921-06-21 Frank Scott, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 1995)
  • 1924-07-30 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1924-12-05 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1925-10-27 Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), born in Scranton, North Dakota (d. 2011)
  • 1931-09-30 Angeline "Angie" Dickinson [Brown], American actress (Police Woman), born in Kulm, 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)
  • 1944-06-29 Collin Peterson, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1944-09-12 Leonard Peltier, Native American activist (American Indian Movement), born in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • 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, born in Bismarck, North Dakota
  • 1964-06-25 Greg Raymer, American professional poker player, born in Minot, 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)
  • 1977-06-03 Travis Hafner, American MLB first baseman (tied MLB record 6 grand slams 2006), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1989-09-08 Wiz Khalifa [Cameron Thomaz] American rapper (See You Again), born in Minot, North Dakota

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-02-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • 2003-10-20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82