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 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)
  • 1892-12-19 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), born in Hortonville, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • 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, American best-selling author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 1988)
  • 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)
  • 1920-05-26 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer (Is That All There Is), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1938-10-10 Toby Roth, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Strasburg, North Dakota
  • 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
  • 1946-05-06 Jim Ramstad, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Jamestown, 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 and Libertarian Party nominee for President in 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
  • 1967-01-01 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1970-10-01 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1977-01-31 Jim Kleinsasser, American football tight end, born in Carrington, North Dakota
  • 1977-06-03 Travis Hafner, American MLB first baseman (tied MLB record 6 grand slams 2006), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1980-01-05 Bennie Joppru, National Football League tight end, born in Dickinson, 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)
  • 1971-07-17 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), dies after mistakenly being prescribed penicillin to which he was allergic at 78
  • 2003-10-20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82