The first North Dakota-born flying ace is credited with downing eight German airplanes in a span of less than 50 days during the summer of 1918.RELATED CONTENT
One of the most popular entertainers in the Upper Midwest was born and raised on a farm near Binford, N.D.RELATED CONTENT
To me, the best-known woman enshrouded in the greatest amount of mystery in American history has to be Sakakawea.RELATED CONTENT
The first person to run for U.S. Congress from what is now North Dakota is also the only known person to be forced to surrender his seat in the Legislature, on two occasions, because of balloting irregularities.RELATED CONTENT
One of the most transformational newspapermen in U.S. history was born in Granville, N.D.RELATED CONTENT
Lynn Frazier was a star player and captain of the outstanding 1899 University of North Dakota football team. From 1923 to 1941, he was a U.S. senator from North Dakota and, from 1917 to 1921, served as the state’s governor.RELATED CONTENT
It was a former North Dakotan, not Scotty, who “beamed” Capt. James T. Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise during almost every episode of “Star Trek” in the 1960s – or at least, it was Bowman’s Jim Rugg who created the illusion that Kirk’s body was being reconstituted inside the transformer of the Enterprise.RELATED CONTENT
When the Marquis de Mores abandoned his efforts to establish a large meat processing center in Medora, Dakota Territory, in 1886, “the newspaper’s conservative estimate was that he and his investors had lost $1.5 million.”RELATED CONTENT
Most of the wealthy businessmen who conducted large-scale enterprises in northern Dakota Territory lived outside what is now North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
The man who attempted to make western North Dakota a national center for supplying processed beef was also called “the most celebrated duelist of his day.” It has been reported that he even challenged Teddy Roosevelt to a duel, a challenge that was declined.RELATED CONTENT
In a 1910 speech, former President Theodore Roosevelt claimed that the time he spent living in a ranch house in Dakota Territory was “the most important educational asset of all my life.” His primary tutors were William Merrifield, and Joe and Sylvane Ferris. Through them, Roosevelt learned the importance of preservation, how to run a large business operation, quickly ascertain a person’s character and survive under the most challenging circumstances. Roosevelt arrived in Medora on June 9, 1884. He was pleased with Sylvane and Merrifield, who managed his herd of 300 cattle at the Maltese Cross Ranch.
Let’s start with a trivia question: What regularly scheduled event attracts millions of participants every week and is played in thousands of bars and nightclubs across the U.S. and Canada?RELATED CONTENT
Four days before the start of the 1928 Olympics, Casper Oimoen of Minot, N.D., was notified that he could not participate because of a mistake on his citizenship papers.RELATED CONTENT
A person whose accomplishments are observable both on the inside and outside of the state Capitol in Bismarck is America’s first great ski jumper.RELATED CONTENT
In 1872, it was announced that, “for the first time,” citizens of the northern part of Dakota Territory would be allowed to participate in a territorial-wide election.
One of the most remarkable journalists in American history was born in North Dakota.RELATED CONTENT
Not all of the fatalities of the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place on the battlefield. After the defeat of George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876, Lt. Thomas Weir went into a deep depression (now defined as post-traumatic stress disorder) and died Sept. 28, three months after the battle.