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  • Drinking Water

    On this date in 1894, the Grand Forks City Council approved the purchase of a half block of land to create the city’s first water filtration plant – the first in North Dakota. For two years, the city had been experiencing an epidemic of typhoid fever; 10% of the population had contracted the disease, and […]

  • North Dakota at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933

    During the economically difficult times of the Great Depression, the city of Chicago ambitiously staged the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1933 to celebrate the city’s centennial.  The exhibition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, was dedicated to honoring progress through science.  With nearly 50 buildings and many more attractions, the Chicago World’s Fair […]

  • William Gass, Philosopher/Writer

    Today is the birthday of William Gass, a writer and philosopher born in Fargo in 1924. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell in 1954 and is one of today’s most critically acclaimed authors of fiction and criticism. Each year, hundreds of book reviewers in the National Book Critics Circle vote for what they […]

  • Anthony England, Astronaut/Scientist

    It was on this date in 1985 that astronaut-scientist Anthony England finally reached outer space. He was part of a 7-man crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which orbited the planet 126 times in 7.94 days. Just six minutes after the shuttle was launched, one of Challenger’s three main engines shut down. It was too […]

  • Battle of the Killdeer Mountains

    The Battle of the Killdeer Mountains took place on this date in 1864. During the 1850s, treaties with Minnesota Indians promised them food, clothing, land, money and farming tools, but these rations weren’t delivered. The People were starving, and a number of events flared into the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, which left hundreds of whites dead. […]

  • Plastic Eyes

    What would a dentist serving overseas likely do during wartime?  If your answer involves teeth extractions, peddling toothpaste or flossing, you may be surprised. Col. W. E. Cole was a dentist in Bismarck who went to serve his country during World War II.  On this date in 1945, he was working in the 218th General […]

  • Owl Accident

    With the recent sighting of a family of owls at the State Historical Society in Bismarck, the city has been slightly owl-crazy.  However, the wise old birds have been seen in North Dakota for many years.  One sighting resulted in a strange incident, occurring on this date in 1923. Walter Monson, a local farmer near […]

  • Gilbert Pierce the Author

    Politicians often enter public service with a background in business, law or journalism.  But Dakota’s eighth territorial governor brought a unique set of skills to the political table.  Although trained as a lawyer, Gilbert A. Pierce was also a widely-acclaimed author of fiction. While serving as editor for the Chicago Inter Ocean newspaper, Pierce wrote […]

  • Battle of Big Mound

    If you’ve been listening in lately, you’ll likely recall the hard days of travel General Henry H. Sibley and his army put in throughout the summer of 1863 as they pursued the Dakota warriors, also traveling hard, believed to have been responsible for the raids in Minnesota a year earlier.  For over a month, Sibley’s […]

  • Shinano

    The 1942 Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war in the Pacific.  The Japanese fleet had suffered a crushing blow, but they still had an ace up their sleeve: the secret aircraft carrier, Shinano. When construction of the Shinano began in 1940, she was intended to be a super battleship.   But the […]

  • Camp Kimball

    Today we return once again to the Sibley Expedition as the General and his army marched through Dakota Territory during the hot and dry summer of 1863.  Sibley’s forces were but one part of a grand scheme laid out by the United States military to retaliate against the American Indians responsible for the raids and […]

  • Early Timmer

    On this day in 1910, the pioneer town of Timmer established a post office. Located along the Northern Pacific railroad about twelve miles southeast of Flasher, the town was named after C. L. Timmerman, who was a Mandan banker, rancher and merchant originally from the town of Sims. When the Northern Pacific railroad line came […]

  • Upper Missouri Historical Expedition

    Great Northern Railway president Ralph Budd loved history.  So, when he needed to enhance the profitability of the railroad in the early 1920s, he combined his personal and professional interests to come up with a winning plan: the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition. This idea grew out of a cartoon that appeared in Life magazine.  One […]

  • Portrait of an Expedition

    Camped on the outskirts of the Black Hills, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry prepared to enter unrecorded country on this day in 1874.  Over the next 27 days, the 1,000-man military expedition from Fort Abraham Lincoln documented their findings. Diaries, reports and newspaper dispatches provided vivid details of events, terrain, wildlife, […]

  • In Memoriam

    On this date in 1942, there was one more flag flying on the main flagpole in the middle of the UND campus.  Solid blue and marked with nine large, white stars, this flag memorialized the school’s nine alumni who had so far died in action during World War II. The flag was raised in a […]

  • The Later Life of Pierre Bottineau

    Even before his death in 1895, Pierre Bottineau was legendary on the Northern Plains.  His work and financial dealings had established railroads, created towns and founded forts across the prairie.  Like Forrest Gump, Bottineau always seemed to find himself at the most exciting and historically important places. But quite unlike Forrest Gump, Bottineau was quite […]

  • Camp Corning

    If you’ve been listening in lately to Dakota Datebook, you’ll have followed along as we traced General Henry Sibley’s march through Dakota Territory during the summer of 1863.  Sibley’s army was part of a grand design to engage a group of Dakota who had raided a number of Minnesota settlements the previous year. During the […]

  • North Dakota’s Own Harry Potter

    On this date, North Dakotans along with movie-goers across the nation await the arrival of the highly anticipated film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  J.K. Rowling’s magical book series about a school for wizards is so popular that the very name Harry Potter instantly conjures the image of a slender, black-haired wizard with a […]

  • Happy Chandler’s Victory

    Before integrating Major League Baseball and creating the first players’ pension fund, Baseball Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler was a young college kid playing ball on the northern plains. Born on this date in 1898, Chandler grew up in Kentucky.  While attending college in 1920, he came in contact with University of Kentucky baseball coach Andy […]

  • The Battle of Grand Coteau

    Throughout much of the early nineteenth century, the Métis remained one of the dominant groups of the Red River Valley.  Descended largely from Ojibwa or Cree mothers and European fathers, the Red River Métis were fiercely independent, noted as excellent horsemen, trappers, voyageurs and buffalo hunters.  Their success, however, often put them in conflict with […]