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  • Jim Johnston, Rodeo Star

    Today is the birthday of Jim Johnston, who was born north of Watford City on this date in 1937. Jim was only two years old when his father, Andy, died. After that, Jim and his brothers went to live with their bachelor uncle, Ben Johnston, who also ranched near Watford City. Jim quit school when […]

  • Comet

    More than two hundred million years ago – but probably not on this date – a meteorite slammed into what is now McKenzie County, leaving behind a crater 5-miles across. Many people confuse meteors with shooting stars. Generally, a shooting star is the size of a grain of sand. A meteor, on the other hand, […]

  • Chief Gall’s Grave

    Gall was a Hunkpapa Lakota chief who Sitting Bull relied on for his skill as a warrior and leader. As a child, Gall was called Matohinshda, which means Bear-Shedding-His-Hair. One of the child’s earliest adventures took place when he was just three years old. His mother strapped him into a travois pulled by a trustworthy […]

  • Lulu’s Lockup

    Lulu Knapp Quick was born on the Helena Farm near Cooperstown on this date in 1902. This farmsite later formed the nucleus for Revere, reputed to be the only town on the Great Northern railroad town with a depot on the south side of the tracks. Lulu’s parents were Mamie Remington, who was born in […]

  • The Brick Thrower

    On this date in 1914, police stormed the roof of a Grand Forks hotel, where a man named Oscar Albertson had been “defending himself valiantly with bricks and other missiles” for half an hour. The story read, “Albertson, it appears, showed signs of violence the night before, but was finally pacified and persuaded to go […]

  • Prohibition

    On this day in 1889, North Dakota elected its first state officials and approved its first Constitution. Within the Constitution, but subject to a separate vote, was an article prohibiting the sale of alcohol, which narrowly passed. South Dakotans managed to repeal their anti-alcohol law six years later, but in North Dakota, prohibitionists managed to […]

  • Datebook Anniversary

    Today is a milestone in the history of Dakota Datebook itself. This is our 730th episode – marking our second full year of programming. When we began airing the program in October 2003, we all wondered if we’d find enough stories. Luckily, there were more than we ever dreamed. We’ve learned that contrary to popular […]

  • Largest Lawsuit Award

    Shane Stromsodt was born in Grand Forks in May 1959, and at four months, he was inoculated for diphtheria, whooping cough, polio and tetanus with a brand new antigen called Quadrigen, manufactured by Parke-Davis & Co. of Detroit. Following a second dose of Quadrigen, a month later, Shane’s mom noticed he had a rash on […]

  • Susan B. Anthony

    On this day in 1890, women from all over were in Jamestown taking part in the state’s first Woman’s Christian Temperance Union – or WCTU – convention, a 4-day, anti-liquor gathering. When Jamestown was founded as a tent village in 1872, two of the first buildings erected were saloons. At the time of the convention, […]

  • Bungled Train Robbery

    This date in 1897 was an inglorious day for a young group of would-be train robbers. The previous night at about midnight, westbound Train No. 1 was late in arriving in Fargo. The Bismarck Tribune reported: “The delay was due to the special request of a number of highwaymen and was unavoidable under the circumstances, […]

  • Antoine Gingras, Fur Trader

    That’s a song written by Pierre Falcon in 1816 to memorialize the Battle of Seven Oaks, in which the French-Chippewa Métis fought and killed 23 Selkirk settlers. The battle was a defining moment for the Métis, cementing them as a separate and unique culture. Falcon named his tune “La Chanson de la Grenouillere” or “The […]

  • Flying Machine

    On this date in 1914, the Hansboro News reported: “Several farms and members of a threshing crew claim to have seen what appeared to be a flying machine in the sky a couple of miles north of town last Saturday afternoon. They claim the object was high in the air and came from the north […]

  • Church and Politics

    On this date in 1917, Grand Forks Police Chief J. W. Lave banned automobiles from parking “in the immediate vicinity of churches” when worship services were being held. Clergymen had been protesting their services were being drowned out “by the noises of the machines.” Also on this date, Richard M. Nixon came to Bismarck in […]

  • Lute Olson, Part 2

    Yesterday, we told you about the formative years of Lute Olson, now coach of the Arizona Wildcats. When he was just five years old, both his father and older brother died. His mother sold their farm near Hatton and squeaked out a living by working odd jobs in Mayville. In 1951, the family moved to […]

  • Coach Lute Olson, Part 1

    Today is the birthday of one of the winningest college basketball coaches in history. Robert Luther Olson was born on this date in 1934 on his family’s farm near Hatton, and like so many who’ve achieved greatness, he overcame great adversity in his childhood. Lute (as he is called) remembers his father, Albert, giving his […]

  • Too Tall Heib, Astronaut

    North Dakota has produced more astronauts per capita than any state in the Nation. One of them– Richard Hieb – was born on this date in 1955. He grew up in Jamestown, where he watched the first moon landing on his grandmother’s television at age 13. He was impressed, but saw no chance of someday […]

  • Child’s Disappearance

    Nine-year old Jeanette Rust disappeared west of Underwood, ND, on this day in 1942. It was a Sunday, and her family was picking up a load of firewood and then having a picnic. They were in the Missouri River bottomlands, and Jeanette and her five siblings went exploring in the woods. At about 11:30, Jeanette’s […]

  • Tex Hall

    Yesterday was the birthday of Tex Hall, who was born in 1956 on the family’s cattle ranch near Mandaree. He was one of eight children and is of Mandan and Arikara ancestry. His Native name, Ihbudah Hishi, means Red Tipped Arrow. During Tex’s early childhood, his grandfather served as chairman of the Tribal Council for […]

  • Purity and Chewing Gum

    On this date in 1913, the Bismarck Daily Tribune reported Governor Hanna had issued a proclamation calling for a “Purity Sunday” to be observed. “As earnest and sincere men and women,” Hanna wrote, “let us give serious consideration to the discussion of the problems that shall make for the uplift to manhood and womanhood; ever […]

  • The McClellan Saddle

    The saddle issued to the 7th Cavalry – the one to which Custer belonged – was developed by General George McClellan during the period of the Civil War. His design was unique in that the saddleback was open in the center, allowing for a sort of air conditioning between horse and rider. The design was […]