Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

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  • The Ping Pong Craze Arrived in Grand Forks, 1902

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Ping-pong sounds like the game itself. The small celluloid ball “pings” from the paddle and “pongs” off the table. Ping-pong, also called table tennis, started as a ripple in England and reached America in a frenzied wave in 1902, a game everyone just had to have.    The craze came just after the bicycle vogue [...]

  • Dr. John E. Engstad

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    X-rays were so named because this radiant energy was of unknown origin.  The “X” in “X-ray” was a scientific symbol for “the unknown.” Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, X-rays were immediately put into practical medical use the following year. The new technology came to Grand Forks in 1896, when Dr. John E. Engstad secured [...]

  • Wheat in 1918 to Help Win World War I

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    During World War I, Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Food Administrator, “ordered greater production of all farm products . . . particularly of wheat,” because the nation’s soldiers and allies needed bread to sustain them. President Woodrow Wilson told farmers to “Raise wheat.” North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier asked farmers to “plant every acre possible to [...]

  • Election Proclamation

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    On this date in 1889, as stipulated in the Omnibus Bill, Governor A. C Mellette issued a proclamation that an election shall take place on May 14th for the selection of delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  The convention was to convene in Bismarck on July 4th.  According to the Omnibus Bill, the northern and southern [...]

  • Lost at Sea

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    It was a calm, clear evening in the middle of the north Atlantic on this date in 1912.  The drop in temperature signaled an approaching region of ice, but danger was far from anyone’s mind.  But suddenly lookouts noticed the black spot of an iceberg.  With orders to turn, the ship slowly veered left.  But [...]



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