Hey North Dakota, It’s Our 129th Birthday Today!
Alright, other 49 states, what'd you get us for our birthday? And don't just say 'more stereotypes about North Dakota'...
That's right, today (November 2nd) is North Dakota's 129th birthday.
Once upon a time in 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admission on today's date 129 years ago, making both North Dakota and South Dakota states within the union. And then the party began... We're not really sure what happened after that since we don't really know what people did to celebrate in the late 1800's, but being the drunkest state in America, we can probably assume that alcohol was involved somehow.
Unfortunately, there was no internet, nor were there selfies back then, so if you're someone who frequents the phrase, "Pics, or I don't believe it," then we can't actually prove there was a party. Back then, you probably had to stand still for like 30 seconds in order to take a picture (this is a reference to the movie '50 Million Ways to Die in the West').
But, let's at least look at the progress we've made. At that time, North Dakota's population was a mere 190,000. In 2018, that number has grown to 755,393.
Also, before becoming a state, we were all sorts of jumbled up into one big territory with South Dakota and some of Montana and Wyoming. Imagine what that would look like on a map. The shape is absurd. Sure, we'd be bigger than Texas, but are we really that egotistical that we'd need to utter the phrase, "Everything's bigger in the Dakotas?" I'd like to think that we're better than that.
So, party it up tomorrow North Dakota! Tomorrow's your birthday and we're going to party like it's 1889 (there's a Prince '1999' pun in there somewhere).