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  • Roger Maris

    Forty-two years ago on this day, a shy baseball player from Fargo stunned the sports world in one of the most anticipated games ever to be played. Roger Maris hit his 61st home run on October 1st, 1961, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1927 for the most home runs in one season. [...]

  • Stern and the Holocaust

    On this day in 1943, German Nazis ordered the arrest and deportation of all Jews in Denmark. Danish government officials, however, had secretly negotiated a deal in which thousands of Jews escaped by sea to Sweden, and the Nazis found only 284 of an estimated 7,000 Jews in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, in Valley City, North Dakota, [...]

  • RRV POWs

    On October 3rd, 1990, eleven months after East Germany dismantled the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany became a united and sovereign state for the first time since Germany’s defeat in World War II. What many people don’t know is that during World War II, about 150 German prisoners of war were held in the [...]

  • First Airplane Ride

    In 1905 on this date, Orville Wright piloted the first flight longer than a half hour. It lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles. Five years later, the first airplane flight in North Dakota happened when Archie Hoxsey, a member of the Wright brothers’ team, came to Grand Forks and took Frank Kent [...]

  • Native American Photographs

    One hundred and twenty-five years ago, hordes of journalists and photographers were traveling west to get stories and pictures of Native Americans in the news. But it was a little known Bismarck photographer who got the first pictures ever taken of two of the country’s most famous Native Americans. 126 years ago on this day, [...]

  • Fritz Schoder

    Today is the birthday of Fritz Scholder, one of most highly regarded artists of the 20th century. Although he’s categorized as a Native American painter, Scholder never saw it that way. “Who still thinks about how much Indian blood someone has?” he once stated. “Well, I never thought about it, because I grew up in [...]

  • Governor Recall

    Today, California voters cast their yea or nay in the attempted recall of their governor. What many North Dakotans don’t realize is that our state has the dubious distinction of having once recalled a governor; in 1921, Lynn Frazier was the first and only state governor to ever be recalled. Lynn Frazier grew up near [...]

  • Dakota Territory Governor Jayne

    Today, in 1920, lightning killed the cow that Amidon farmer, Thorvald Olstad, was milking, but he escaped without injury. And in Embden, lightning struck and killed three horses hitched to a plow just moments after the driver walked away on an errand. Today also marks the birthday of the first governor of Dakota Territory, William [...]

  • Meteors

    On a cold winter night in 1910, a 600-pound meteorite lying on a sidewalk in Carrington disappeared and was never seen again. Thousands of meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere every single day, but only a few survive to actually hit the dirt. Eleven years ago today, for example, thousands of people heard a sonic boom, then [...]

  • Craters

    Yesterday, we talked about a five-foot meteorite that landed near Carrington in 1910. But about 214 million years ago, a meteorite that landed in what is now McKenzie County was so large that it left a crater 5 miles across. Many people confuse meteors with shooting stars. Generally, a shooting star is the size of [...]

  • Kodak from Nodak-David Houston

    On October 11, 1881, a homesteader living in Hunter, North Dakota, took out a patent for camera film that would forever change the world of photography. The inventor, David Henderson Houston, was to become a major player in the Kodak empire. Houston, the son of a tenant farmer, was born on June 14th, 1841 in [...]

  • Missile Silos

    On this day in 1960, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on his desk and declared to U.S. citizens, “We will bury you!” One year later, on October 6th, 1961, President Kennedy urged Americans to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout. It was feared that a possible strike could come from [...]

  • Bobby Vee

    On this date, in 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition entered what is now North Dakota; in 1890, Valley City State College opened its doors to students; a statue of Sakakawea was dedicated on the Capitol Grounds in Bismarck in 1910; and in 1942, the 164th Infantry, a North Dakota National Guard regiment, landed on [...]

  • Roosevelt’s Assassin

    On October 14th, 1912, a small man named John Schrank came at Theodore Roosevelt outside a hotel and shot him in the chest with a 32 caliber gun. Eleven years earlier, Roosevelt had inherited the Presidency when President McKinley died and was enormously popular. When he ran for office in the next term, he won [...]

  • Germans to Russia

    In 1941, the Black Sea port of Odessa had been surrounded by German troops for several weeks when, on this day in history, the city was evacuated by its Russian troops. The region surrounding Odessa figures heavily in our state’s history; in the early 1900s, thousands of German Russians immigrated to the U.S., with large [...]

  • Germans Left Behind

    On yesterday’s program, we discussed the first mass migration of Germans as they poured into Russia at the invitation of Catherine the Great. By the late 1800s, Catherine was dead, Germany and Russia had become enemies and German Russians were being drafted into the military to fight their German kinsman. This marked the beginning of [...]

  • Last Execution

    It was on this day in 1944 that the Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement on a Missouri Basin flood control project, known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, which led to the building of Garrison Dam. And on this date, in 1905, John Rooney was hanged at the [...]

  • Rodeo #1

    Two of North Dakota’s best known cowboys were born on this date. Both have been inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 1905, John ‘J.C.’ Stevenson was born in a sod house south of Leith, the son of a cowboy who specialized in roughstock – to you non-cowboys, that’s bucking broncos and bulls. [...]

  • Prairie Fires

    On Oct. 19th, 1932, a surprise ice storm in North Dakota broke down 12,360 poles of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. and caused $250,000 worth of damage to its lines. October is one of the most unpredictable months in our state. While homesteaders feared grasshoppers, hail and blizzards that threatened harvesting, September and October also [...]

  • Red Tomahawk and Hoover

    Today marks the anniversary of President Hoover’s death in 1964. Thirty-five years earlier, Red Tomahawk, the man who killed one of the most famous Native Americans in history, left Standing Rock Reservation to visit the Hoover in Washington, D.C. It was 1929, and Red Tomahawk, who lived at Cannonball, had become quite famous. His trip [...]