Minneapolis History

Minnesota: St. Paul

Historical Events

  • 1855-01-23 The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
  • 1892-06-07 Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1919-11-10 American Legion's 1st national convention (Minneapolis)
  • 1945-06-01 WLB-AM in Minneapolis Minn changes call letters to KUOM
  • 1948-04-23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-07-01 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-01 WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (MET) begins
  • 1955-01-05 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1957-09-03 KTCA TV channel 2 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-10-15 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • 1960-11-26 Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins
  • 1961-07-11 Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1961-08-08 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1963-07-09 Crusher Lisowski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1963-07-20 Verne Gagne beats Crusher Lisowski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1963-12-14 Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1964-10-20 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1965-05-03 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1982-11-25 The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire destroys an entire city block, including the Northwestern National Bank building and the recently closed Donaldson's Department Store.
  • 1990-10-13 Target Center in Minneapolis opens
  • 1997-04-16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 1998-08-02 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
  • 2007-08-01 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1842-01-18 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1887-01-27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1892-07-01 James M Cain, Minneapolis Mn, novelist (Postman Always Rings Twice)

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1892-12-15 J. Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil), (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
J. Paul Getty
  • 1893-05-03 Hope Landin, Minneapolis MN
  • 1896-04-10 Edith Day, Minneapolis MN
  • 1898-05-10 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1906-06-14 Gil Lamb, actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1909-06-22 Mike Todd, [Avrom Goldbogen], US theatre and film director ("Around the World in 80 Days"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1958)
  • 1914-01-28 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, Minneapolis Mn, pianist (3's Company)
  • 1917-02-24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1918-02-16 Patty Andrews, American vocalist (Andrews Sisters), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1918-05-09 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920-11-21 Ralph Meeker, Minneapolis MN, actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker)
  • 1920-11-25 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

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1922-11-26 Charles M. Schulz, Minneapolis MN, cartoonist (Peanuts), (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1923-05-26 James Arness, Minneapolis MN, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing)
  • 1924-08-11 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1925-03-18 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (James Phelps-Mission Impossible), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1928-10-16 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1928-10-25 Jeanne Cooper, actress (Kay-Young & Restless), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1934-12-29 Ed Flanders, Minneapolis Mn, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere)
  • 1935-09-16 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist, born in Minneapolis (d. 2016)
  • 1940-11-22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-02-03 Bridget Hanley, Minneapolis Mn, actress (Here Come the Brides)
  • 1941-03-28 Alf Clausen, Minneapolis Mn, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons)
  • 1946-07-28 Linda Kelsey, actress (Billie-Lou Grant, Kate-Day by Day), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947-04-18 Dorothy Lyman, Minneapolis Mn, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family)
  • 1947-07-19 Bernie Leadon, guitarist/vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1949-01-23 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Dean Anderson, actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-05 Harvey Jacob Alperin, Minneapolis MN, actor (Cocktail)
  • 1950-03-26 Tony Papenfuss, Minneapolis Minn, (Daryl-Newhart)
  • 1951-06-27 Julia Duffy [Julia Margaret Hinds], American actress (Newhart, Baby Talk), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-08-14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953-06-23 Roberta Leighton, Minneapolis Mn, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives)
  • 1953-11-15 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956-04-18 John James, Minneapolis Mn, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty)
  • 1956-09-08 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1957-07-30 Mark Tymchyshyn, actor (Gavin-As The World Turns), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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1958-06-07 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • 1960-03-09 Mike Leach, Minneapolis Minn, tennis star
  • 1960-09-15 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961-02-17 Deb[ra] Richardson, Minneapolis MN, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1961-05-29 Todd Boonstra, Minneapolis Minn, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • 1963-05-01 Robert Seguso, Minneapolis MN, tennis star
  • 1966-06-18 Bob Kempainen, Minneapolis MN, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-06-18 Robert Kempainen, Minneapolis MN, marathoner (Oly-1996)
  • 1966-08-12 Gordy Morgan, Minneapolis MN, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96)
  • 1967-04-17 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-06-03 William "Bill" Carlucci, Minneapolis Minn, rower (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1967-11-08 Rhonda Kottke, Minneapolis Minn, WPVA volleyballer
  • 1968-04-13 Tami Lyn Jameson, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968-04-13 Toni Lee Jameson, team handball back court (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968-10-01 Jay Underwood, American actor (The Boy Who Could Fly), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969-06-02 David Wheaton, Minneapolis Minn, tennis star (1987 US junior boys)
  • 1969-09-16 Kathi Wolfgram, rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969-12-15 Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)

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1970-03-28 Vince Vaughn, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 1971-07-01 Melissa Peterman [Melissa Margaret], American actress (Reba, Fargo), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971-09-07 Briana Scurry, Minneapolis MN, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-12-18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1972-10-04 Rusty Fitzgerald, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1974-05-29 Robyn Petroskey, Minneapolis Minn, figure skater (1996 Midwest champ)
  • 1980-10-19 Benjamin Salisbury, actor (Brighton Sheffield-Nanny), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1992-06-18 Bob Kempainen, Minneapolis MN, marathoner (Olympics-66)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-02-14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

  • 2009-09-18 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Famous Deaths

  • 1911-11-16 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (b. 1842)