Did You Know That...? The margarita and one of the most popular Muppets were inspired by and named in honor of a person born in North Dakota; A former North Dakota baseball player had over 4,000 hits and over 400 home runs as a batter and over 400 wins and 4,000 strikeouts as a pitcher during his professional career; The bullet that killed Wild Bill Hickok became lodged in the wrist of a North Dakotan, who became a living exhibit at the trial of Hickock's murderer; Norway's first recording star gave up his promising musical career to homestead in rural North Dakota; A former North Dakota basketball star made 2,750 consecutive free throws at the age of 71; A former North Dakota U.S. Senator is the only person to have his cremated ashes legally scattered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; Louis L'Amour was a champion boxer and circus elephant trainer before becoming a best-selling author; A North Dakotan was elected to the legislature three times -- first as a Republican, the second time as a Populist, and the third time as a Democrat; Two test pilots born in North Dakota established at least 50 aviation records between them; A young lady gave up her home in an English castle to spend the rest of her life in a modest home on the North Dakota prairie. Read these and many other fascinating stories in Volume 7!
Did You Know That is a newspaper column written by Curt Eriksmoen and edited by his wife, Jan. The articles focus on notable people, places, and events concerning North Dakota and have attracted many readers. The column currently runs in three North Dakota newspapers, and certain articles have been published by the North Dakota Geographic Alliance Magazine and other newspapers, including one in Norway.