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  • First Aeroplane Flight

    One hundred years ago, airplanes were called “aeroplanes,” and pilots were known as “aviators;” or as “birdmen” because they were flying like a bird. Powered flight, once just a dream, had become a reality. After the Wright Brothers flew successfully in 1903, the winds of change began to whisper across the nation. Brave souls answered […]

  • Bacon and Eggs

    You’ve heard the phrase, “Hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk.” Maybe you’ve even experienced that sort of weather. It’s theoretically possible, but in practice, it’s much harder to accomplish; an egg needs to reach a temperature of 156 degrees to cook. But in July of 1936, with some of the hottest temperatures on […]

  • David Thompson Monument

    On this day in 1925, near Verendrye, the Great Northern Railway erected a spherical granite monument crisscrossed with latitude and longitude lines to honor David Thompson. Why David Thompson? After finishing a 13 year apprenticeship as a surveyor with the Hudson’s Bay Company, Thompson joined the Northwest Company in 1797. Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and […]

  • Capitol Air

    While North Dakota is perhaps better recognized for its blizzards and cold, the heat of the summer can be blistering. On this date in 1965, the Weather Bureau predicted that some of that heat would soon hit Bismarck with temperatures in the nineties – a change from what had been an otherwise cool summer. While […]

  • Battle of the Grand Coteau

    Throughout the early nineteenth century, the Métis stood as one of the most dominant people groups of the Red River Valley. Descended largely from Ojibwa or Cree mothers and European fathers, the Red River Métis were a fiercely independent people, noted as excellent horsemen, trappers, voyageurs and buffalo hunters. A large part of the Métis […]

  • Camp Sheardown

    Nearly 150 years ago, during the brutally hot summer of 1863, the army of General Henry H. Sibley struggled north through Dakota Territory. Their destination: Devils Lake, the reported campsite of Chief Little Crow’s band of Mdewakanton Santee Dakota held responsible for a series of violent raids against Minnesotan settlements a year earlier. Sibley and […]

  • Charley Talbott and the Farmers’ Union

    The 1930s were hard on North Dakota farmers. About the only thing that survived the dust storms and grasshoppers were Russian thistles. Cattle starved or fell dead with bellies full of dirt, and farm foreclosures became more and more frequent. An elevator man in Sanish thought the price of wheat hit rock bottom at 56 […]

  • Charging Bear Adopts Captain Welsh

    During the summer of 1913, an event near Fort Yates led to a full-page spread in the Minneapolis Sunday Journal, including photos and artwork. The story referred to Blackfeet/Hunkpapa Chief John Grass adopting Alfred Burton Welch, Captain in the U.S. Army, as his son. North Dakota historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard writes, “Adoption is one […]

  • Mail Carrier

    On this date in 1951, a breath of history entered the city of Fargo in the person of pioneer O.A. Vangsness. Vangsness lived in Milwaukee then, but he once served as the mail carrier in Kindred. He had retired twenty years prior, so he wasn’t carrying mail; he was carrying memories of the early development […]

  • Car Ride

    We may complain about speed limits today, but sixty years ago, the limits were even lower. Yet, speed is relative when you’re riding on the roof of a car, as five-year-old Yvonne Gregoire discovered in 1942. Yvonne’s father brought her and her younger sister out to a field about two and a half miles away […]

  • Eric Sevareid

    It was on this date in 1992 that one of the greatest newsmen of the 20th century died. Eric Sevareid’s career spanned 38 years, during which he shared the CBS Evening News with another broadcasting icon, Walter Cronkite. Sevareid was born in 1912 and grew up in Velva. He wanted to be a journalist and […]

  • Finding Fen-Phen

    It was on this date in 1997 that CNN broke the news that the miracle combination of diet drugs known as fen-phen was causing leakage in users’ heart valves. What many don’t know is that the first person to figure it out was a cardiac sonographer at Fargo’s MertitCare named Pam Ruff. According to an […]

  • North Dakota’s First Mass Murder

    North Dakota’s first mass murder took place on this date in 1893. Six members of the Daniel Kreider family were killed on their farm southeast of Cando, including four of their eight children. In the preceding years, Daniel and Barbara Kreider had moved to Cando from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by way of Missouri, and appear […]

  • Elderly Divorce

    Friends and family of a Grand Forks couple were reeling on this date in 1904; the couple, Edward and Katherine Fallen, had just announced they would be seeking a divorce. Normally, such a thing would cause little commotion, but the Fallens were over seventy years of age and had been married for over forty years! […]

  • Colonel Lounsberry Scoops Bighorn

    It was on this date in 1876 that the world learned what happened eleven days earlier at the Little Bighorn. Colonel Clement Lounsberry was credited with scooping what has been called “one of the greatest stories in American journalism” when he released his famous Bismarck Tribune “extra.” Actually, two other newspaper reports had been written […]

  • Floyd Stromme, Pitcher

    In 1939, Floyd Stromme made his debut as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, but his “first” debut happened eight years earlier as an adolescent playing for the Cooperstown Junior Legion baseball team. Oswald Tufte coached Cooperstown in 1931, and they had to cancel their season opener, because they didn’t enough money to buy a […]

  • Gene Autry and His Colt

    On this day in 1949, singer and actor Gene Autry was in North Dakota to perform at the annual Mandan Rodeo with his backup band, the Cass County Boys — that’s Cass County, Texas, not North Dakota. The western movie star also collected a black colt from Mandan rancher Frank Wetzstein, which he bought the […]

  • Wash Day at the Fort

    Fort Lincoln was authorized in 1896, and in 1902, it was built just southeast of Bismarck. Later, it would memorably serve as an internment camp, but for many years, it served as a military post, and was watched and washed by soldiers living there. On this date in 1916, preparations for July Fourth were well […]

  • Harold K. Johnson

    It was on this date in 1968 that General Harold K. Johnson finished his tenure as Army Chief of Staff, a position he held under President Johnson during the build-up of the Vietnam War. Dr. Lewis Sorley’s biography of Johnson describes him as hard working, determined, religious, intelligent and honorable – all traits that raised […]

  • Shivaree!

    Some claim a shivaree is an old Appalachian custom performed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots based in 16th century France. Gaelic sources claim a shivaree (or in Gaelic, a “sibh a ri”) is an Old Irish custom. And others claim the word shivaree is derived from a Late Latin word […]