Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.
Today is the birthday of one of our most important frontier artists. George Catlin was born in Pennsylvania in 1796 when George Washington was in his second term. Catlin was the fifth of fourteen children. His mother and grandfather had been among the few survivors of the “Wyoming Valley Massacre” in Pennsylvania, and as a […]
Touting North Dakota as “Legendary,” Tourism Division entices travelers to visit the big Badlands, fish for walleyes, or see Jamestown’s big buffalo statue. But there was a time when Dakota’s boosters minimized some regional legends, particularly the legendarily-big mosquitoes that bit arms, faces and all kinds of places. Mosquitoes buzzed over Dakota-land since time immemorial, […]
A lack of rain and moisture for much of the month of July was a complaint for Jamestown on this date in 1901. Rain of any significance hadn’t fallen since the Fourth of July. This trend was not to last, ending with a bang on the 24th, when a thunderstorm swept through. A farmer north […]
On this date in 1970, the House Agriculture Committee reached agreement on a Farm Bill. Representative Thomas Kleppe said the Nixon Administration would support the bill. He expected it to be voted out of committee on the following day, and was sure the House would promptly take action on it. He was confident that the […]
Today we look at the early part of famed aviator Carl Ben Eielson’s story. He was born on this date in 1897 in Hatton, North Dakota. Eilson went to college at UND in 1914, but left to enlist in the air service, which had only 35 trained pilots. He earned his wings, but just as […]