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Church and Politics


On this date in 1917, Grand Forks Police Chief J. W. Lave banned automobiles from parking “in the immediate vicinity of churches” when worship services were being held. Clergymen had been protesting their services were being drowned out “by the noises of the machines.”

Also on this date, Richard M. Nixon came to Bismarck in 1968 to campaign for the U. S. Presidency. He had previously run against John Kennedy and lost. Interestingly, President Kennedy, himself, was in North Dakota 42 years ago tomorrow. He spoke at a UND convocation, at which he was awarded an honorary degree. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX, just two months later.

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm