Minnesota History

Minnesota: Minneapolis - St. Paul

Historical Events

  • 1679-07-02 Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth
  • 1830-07-15 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, sign fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri
  • 1844-09-05 Iron ore discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Mountains
  • 1849-03-03 Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 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
  • 1858-05-11 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • 1862-08-18 Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota (it is later crushed)
  • 1862-12-26 38 Santee Sioux Indians hanged in Mankato Minnesota, due to their uprising
  • 1867-12-04 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange)
  • 1870-02-15 Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minnesota

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1872-03-02 Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel

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1876-09-07 Frank James and his gang are involved in a disastrous raid in Northfield, Minnesota, results in the death or capture of multiple gang members (Cole/Bob/Jim Younger arrested)

Outlaw Frank James
Outlaw
Frank James
  • 1879-01-22 James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota
  • 1886-01-19 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • 1891-05-16 George A. Hormel & Co establishes Geo. A.Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods Corporation) in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1894-09-01 A wildfire destroys the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, killing 438 people

  • 1894-09-02 Forest fires destroy Hinckley Minnesota: about 600 die

Historic InventionThe First Official Cheerleader

1898-11-02 Cheerleading begins in the United States as Johnny Campbell leads the crowd cheering on the football team at the University of Minnesota
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  • 1903-02-16 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1909-03-01 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota
  • 1914-05-21 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
  • 1914-08-13 Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota
  • 1920-06-15 African American circus workers, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie are taken from jail and lynched by a white mob of thousands in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1922-07-31 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world's 1st water skis (Minnesota)
  • 1930-12-29 Fred P. Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota, to New Orleans
  • 1933-11-13 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1936-02-08 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • 1936-07-06 114°F (46°C), Moorhead, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1941-03-16 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • 1941-12-09 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • 1958-08-27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • 1959-06-05 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota
  • 1961-01-02 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
  • 1962-01-01 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • 1964-05-24 Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota)
  • 1965-07-13 36th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota
  • 1965-09-26 Minnesota gains its 1st AL pennant by defeating Washington, 2-1
  • 1969-09-28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • 1969-09-28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969-11-12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB

  • 1972-01-25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
  • 1972-01-25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • 1972-07-21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • 1973-12-30 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1974-10-12 1st time Wash Caps are shutout as they are beat 6-0 by Minnesota
  • 1974-12-29 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 14-10
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1976-12-26 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13

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1977-01-09 Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1978-01-01 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1979-08-11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • 1979-11-20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980-07-07 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1980-12-14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1981-05-21 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 1982-04-06 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279
  • 1983-11-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneer James Wilder rushes for 219 yards vs Minnesota Vikings
  • 1983-12-04 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • 1984-01-04 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • 1984-06-20 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-08-04 Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew of the California Angels singles off Minnesota's Frank Viola to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5
  • 1987-02-19 Minnesota sheriff's office arrest FBI's most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
  • 1987-10-17 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)
  • 1988-01-17 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • 1988-09-10 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minnesota), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989

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1989-03-07 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

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1989-05-13 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1989-06-14 Groundbreaking begins in Minnesota on world's largest mall
  • 1990-07-04 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minnesota
  • 1991-05-10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • 1993-09-04 Penn State University plays its first football game in the Big 10, beating Minnesota 38-20; quarterback John Sacca throws 4 touchdown passes to Bobby Engram
  • 1997-06-25 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul
  • 1997-07-07 Tower, Minnesota temperature dips to 24°F
  • 1998-01-22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
  • 1998-08-02 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Minikahda GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland 10-8
  • 1999-01-04 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota
  • 1999-01-17 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • 1999-01-17 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)
  • 2001-01-14 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings 41-0
  • 2002-09-08 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2003-05-16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2004-02-08 54th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 6-4 at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2007-08-01 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour
  • 2010-01-24 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • 2014-07-15 85th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Target Field, Minnesota
  • 2016-07-06 African American Philando Castile is shot by police in St Paul, Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken rear light, killing is filmed
  • 2016-10-02 Ryder Cup Golf, Hazeltine National GC: US regains Cup; beats Europe, 17-11; Americans Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker & Patrick Reed each win 3 matches
  • 2018-06-13 Raccoon climbs 23 story office building in St Paul, Minnesota, becoming an internet sensation

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1815-09-08 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1816-01-07 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1861-06-29 William James Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic in Minnesota), born in Le Sueur, Minnesota (d. 1939)
  • 1865-07-19 Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic), born in Rochester, Minnesota (d. 1939)
  • 1877-04-23 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • 1881-11-01 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), born in Chaska, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • 1883-05-05 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1885-02-07 [Harry] Sinclair Lewis, American writer and social critic (Nobel Prize in Literature 1930), born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota (d. 1951)
  • 1886-07-31 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • 1887-01-27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1887-06-18 Blanche Yurka, American actress (Taxi, A Tale of Two Cities), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1974)
  • 1889-11-12 DeWitt Wallace, publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1890-05-07 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), born in Mankato, Minnesota (d. 1961)
  • 1891-04-22 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), born in Milaca, Minnesota (d. 1932)
  • 1891-06-28 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (d. 1930)

Person of interestBugs Moran

1891-08-21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • 1892-02-27 William Demarest, American actor (My 3 Sons), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1983)
  • 1892-06-12 John Donald Robb, American composer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1892-07-01 James M Cain, novelist (Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1892-07-21 Lenore Ulric, American actress (Notorious, Better Woman), born in New Ulm, Minnesota [or 1894]

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

1892-12-15 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1892-12-29 Emory Parnell, American actress (Rocket Man, County Fair), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1893-05-03 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1893-07-18 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1949)
  • 1894-12-02 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), born in Aitkin, Minnesota (d. 1948)
  • 1896-04-10 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)

Person of interestF. Scott Fitzgerald

1896-09-24 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)

  • 1897-01-01 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1898-05-10 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1898-06-06 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1987)
  • 1898-07-28 Charles William Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic), born in Rochester, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1899-02-15 Gale Sondergaard, American actress (The Letter, Road to Rio), born in Litchfield, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1899-09-01 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 1901-12-09 Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)
  • 1902-06-22 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1950)
  • 1903-02-19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • 1903-11-06 June Marlowe, American actress (Pardon Us, Clash of the Wolves), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (d. 1984)
  • 1904-06-14 Gilbert "Gil" Lamb, American actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1906-12-20 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • 1906-12-23 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • 1907-04-13 Harold Stassen, W (Gov-R-Minn) perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1907-05-02 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1908-03-22 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1908-12-28 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1909-02-02 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • 1909-06-17 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1909-06-22 Michael "Mike" Todd [Avrom Goldbogen], American producer (Around the World in 80 Days) and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1958)
  • 1910-01-11 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1910-05-22 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), born in Windom, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1910-06-18 E G Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1910-09-29 Virginia Bruce, American actress (Action in Arabia), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1982)
  • 1910-10-08 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, born in Cherry Township, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1911-07-06 Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1912-04-27 Frederick R. Weisman, philanthropist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1912-04-29 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi), born in Albert Lea, Minnesota (d. 1977)
  • 1912-06-29 Joan Davis, American actress (I Married Joan), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1961)
  • 1912-07-18 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1913-01-19 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1913-08-19 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1913-10-26 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1913-11-04 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (d. 1978)
  • 1914-01-28 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1914-11-08 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1914-12-26 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 1915-04-16 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 1915-07-18 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1915-09-24 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1916-01-03 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)

Person of interestEugene McCarthy

1916-03-29 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, born in Watkins, Minnesota (d. 2005)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1916-04-23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1917-02-24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1917-07-10 Don Herbert, American scientist and TV host (Watch Mr Wizard), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • 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
  • 1919-02-05 George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)
  • 1919-12-02 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1920-04-23 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1920-11-21 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1988)
  • 1920-11-25 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-09 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-19 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 1921-06-08 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • 1921-06-21 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), born in Bemidji, Minnesota (d. 2011)

Person of interestToni Stone

1921-07-17 Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone

Person of interestJudy Garland

1922-06-10 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress and singer (The Wizard of Oz), born in Minnesota (d. 1969)

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1922-06-11 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota
  • 1922-07-12 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Person of interestCharles M. Schulz

1922-11-26 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1923-05-26 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1924-07-24 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, born in Pine County, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1924-08-11 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1926-03-18 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • 1926-05-04 Milton O. Thompson, NASA astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1926-05-04 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1927-07-25 Midge Decter, American journalist and author (The Liberated Woman & Other Americans), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1927-11-16 Barbara Payton [Redfield], American actress known for her tumultuous private life (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), born in Cloquet, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1928-06-07 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1928-06-27 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, born in Carson Lake, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1928-08-27 Joan Kroc, American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1936-12-28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-06-06 Country singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 2006-05-06 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota
  • 2007-08-11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • 1896-01-08 William Rainey Marshall, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1901-01-01 Ignatius Donnelly, US attorney/lt-governor (Minnesota), dies at 69
  • 1903-04-22 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), dies at 87
  • 1939-07-28 William James Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic in Minnesota), dies at 78
  • 1968-01-13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • 1991-12-17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • 1995-09-21 Rudy Perpich, American politician, 34th & 36th Governor of Minnesota, dies at 67
  • 1996-01-18 Minnesota Fats, [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
  • 2003-02-10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • 2004-11-15 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)