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  • Nye Swears in (with Help)

    Gerald Nye served his first full day in the U.S. Senate on this date in 1926. Although appointed to the Senate by North Dakota Governor Sorlie in November, the 33-year-old Nye was not allowed to take his seat until January 12th, and only then with the help of fellow North Dakota Senator, Lynn Frazier. Nye’s […]

  • Schoolchildren’s Blizzard

    Perhaps the most tragic blizzard in North Dakota’s history occurred on January 12, 1888.  The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard, as it became known, affected the mid-section of the country, from North Dakota all the way down to Texas.  When the storm finally subsided, two-hundred and thirty people lay dead, mostly school-aged children. The enormous death toll of […]

  • Black Blizzard

    Much of the upper Midwest found itself in the throes of an extreme blizzard on this date in 1975. The storm ravaged nearly all parts of the entire country, extending from the northwestern coastal states to many of the southeastern states. While blizzard conditions roared in the Midwest, the southeast faced a tornado outbreak, producing […]

  • Mix Medora Wedding

    Tom Mix, the legendary cowboy of the silver screen, married Olive Stokes in Medora, North Dakota, on this date in 1909. Stokes, the daughter of a wealthy Oklahoma rancher, became Mix’s third wife. Olive and Tom met in 1904 when they were introduced by Will Rogers at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Rogers and Tom […]

  • Dalrymple’s Telephones

    Today, cell phones and computers keep rural America connected with the rest of the world, but the land line telephone has been the mainstay for over a century. In fact, the City of Bismarck installed a telephone system in 1882, but that was not the first phone system in the state. The Bismarck Capitol on […]

  • Shoppers

    It is no question that the holiday season brings with it a shopping frenzy at stores and malls across the country. From the stampede the day after Thanksgiving to the rash of returns and holiday sales on the day after Christmas, the holiday season is prime for shoppers. On this date in 1942, the Columbus […]

  • Thomas Moodie

    Thomas Moodie, the nineteenth governor of North Dakota, took office on this date in 1935. Moodie is best known as the state’s shortest-serving governor, serving only five weeks before being removed from office by the state’s Supreme Court. Born in Winona, Minnesota, in 1878, Moodie left school at the age of sixteen and moved west […]

  • Earthquake

    On December 28, 1908, 5:20 a.m. local time, an earthquake struck along the Straits of Messina, between the island of Sicily and mainland Italy. Magnitude of the earthquake was approximately 6.7 to 7.2, and the effects caused a tsunami, which struck within minutes. Unreinforced buildings collapsed, cities were destroyed, and the deaths were estimated at […]

  • John Moses

    Born and raised in Norway, John Moses, the future governor of North Dakota, first arrived on America’s shores in 1905. After a brief stint with the Great Northern Railway, and while maintaining both a farm and a family of four, John Moses established a law practice in Hazen, North Dakota. The ambitious Norwegian next turned […]

  • William Langer

    The 1930s proved to be a political rollercoaster for North Dakota’s most flamboyant and controversial politician, William Langer; the man who in six years, won, lost and then won again North Dakota’s governorship. Following a meteoric rise through state politics, and a successful gubernatorial campaign, Langer was first elected governor in 1932. However, as a […]

  • Tale of Two Governors

    North Dakota had not one, but two governors on this date in 1985. Two different men, George Sinner and Allen Olson, both claimed the state’s governorship. Olson, the incumbent elected in 1980, asserted that his four-year term began the date that he was sworn in, January 6, 1981. Therefore, he did not plan to vacate […]

  • UND Theater

    On this date one hundred years ago, a group of students at the University of North Dakota were exploring an idea to create a theater group. The following evening, they gathered with supportive faculty members, and the Sock and Buskin Society was created. Sock and Buskin stood for the Greek symbols of comedy and tragedy. […]

  • Col. Henry Hale

    Born in London, England on March 7, 1852, Henry Hale came to the United States at the age of fourteen. He enlisted in the Army, and in 1878 was sent to Fort Totten. During his time there, Hale worked with individuals such as Limpy Jack Clayton, Major Marcus Reno, and Lt. Hugh Scott who would […]

  • Northern Plains Electric

    Baker Electric Cooperative of Cando and Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Carrington operated as separate entities for the last time on this date in 1996. The two energy co-ops merged on January 1st, 1997, to form Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, the largest geographic electric co-op in North Dakota. Electric cooperatives have a long and interesting history […]

  • Anton Klaus

    It was this day in 1829 that the “Father of Jamestown,” Anton Klaus, was born in Brutting Prussia. Like many other Germans of his era, Klaus saw great opportunity across the Atlantic and so set sail for America, arriving in Green Bay, Wisconsin, November 1849. The mid-nineteenth century was generally good for Green Bay, and […]

  • Dr. Henry Wheeler’s Snow Yacht

    In the bleak midwinter, North Dakotans have often looked to outdoor sports like bobsledding, skating and skiing for invigorating recreation. Long before the invention of snowmobiles, Dr. Henry Wheeler of Grand Forks sailed across the frozen landscapes west in an exhilarating sport called snow yachting. On this date in 1886, the Grand Forks Herald reported […]

  • The Gummer Affair

    At about 6:30 on the morning of June 7th, 1921, William Gummer, a 22-year-old clerk at Fargo’s Prescott Hotel, told his boss, “Something’s wrong in room 30.” Marie Wick, a pretty 18-year-old brunette from northern MN was brutally assaulted and killed in that room sometime during the night. Grey hairs were found clutched in her […]

  • Red River Valley Old Settlers Association

    About twenty Red River Valley pioneers gathered in Grand Forks on this date in 1879. The men met at McCormack and Grigg’s Hall and organized the Red River Valley Old Settlers Association. The purpose of the association was to preserve “a full history of the important society [of Dakota pioneers].” Each founding member paid dues […]

  • First Day of Kwanzaa

    Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which is observed from December 26 through January 1. Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga developed this unique African-American celebration in 1966 following the Los Angeles Watts riots. Kwanzaa is meant to gather and celebrate African peoples of all nations. It isn’t tied to any religion but is nevertheless observed […]

  • Christmas Party

    In 1915, Edgar and Minnie Hamlin decided to host a party at their home north of Wing on Christmas Eve. It was the only such party in the area, and everyone in town and in the neighboring countryside was invited. The approximately thirty attendees enjoyed a meal made by Mrs. Hamlin, a great Christmas tree, […]