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)
  • 1869-10-05 Man-made tunnel under St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota collapses, threatening the Minneapolis riverfront
  • 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 InventionFirst 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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Johhny Campbell coordinates a team to lead the crowd on a football game cheering for University of Minnesota team
Johhny Campbell coordinates a team to lead the crowd on a football game cheering for University of Minnesota team
  • 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
  • 1968-01-13 Minnesota North Stars NHL player Bill Masterson, suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the 1st player to die as result of a game
  • 1968-01-15 Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton dies 2 days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals; the only death as a result of a game injury in NHL history
  • 1969-02-16 Detroit Red Wings' captain Alex Delvecchio picks up an assist in a 6-2 defeat at Minnesota to become the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points
  • 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, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1970-03-01 Minnesota coach Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history, when he plays in the North Stars' 8-0 win over Toronto Maple Leafs; remains in role for final month of the season

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1972-01-25 25th NHL All-Star Game, East beats West, 3-2; MVP: Bobby Orr, Boston, D, at Metropolitan Sports Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 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)
  • 1973-11-04 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • 1973-12-30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; 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, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; 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 legendary 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, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-13

Sport awardSuper Bowl

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1977-12-17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game
  • 1978-01-01 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: 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 Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • 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 North Stars 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, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: 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

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1989-10-12 Dallas running back Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1990-07-04 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minnesota

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1991-03-31 St. Louis Blues' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Brett Hull scores his 86th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Minnesota North Stars; 3rd best total in NHL history

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1991-05-10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-05-25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • 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 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)
  • 2001-01-14 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings, 41-0
  • 2001-02-16 Mathieu Schneider of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the first defenseman in history to score a goal against all 30 NHL teams as LA beats Minnesota, 4-0
  • 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
  • 2003-11-01 John Gagliardi ties Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th win, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St.Thomas at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2004-01-21 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

2004-02-08 54th NHL All-Star Game, Xcel Energy Centre, Saint Paul, MN: East beats West, 6-4; MVP: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, C

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-10-08 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2007-08-01 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour

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)
  • 1870-06-17 George Cormack, American cereal inventor (Wheaties), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1876-11-04 James Earle Fraser, American sculptor (Indian Head (Buffalo) nickel), born in Winona, Minnesota (d. 1953)
  • 1876-12-12 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)
  • 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, American novelist (Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 1893-10-02 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Laurel & Hardy), born in Waseca, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1894-12-02 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), born in Aitkin, Minnesota (d. 1948)
  • 1894-12-03 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 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)
  • 1897-07-12 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), born in Olmsted County, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 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)
  • 1902-05-27 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, born in Glenwood, Minnesota (d. 1986)
  • 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)
  • 1903-06-11 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), born in Willow River, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 1905-04-17 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), born in Little Falls, Minnesota (d. 1963)
  • 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, American composer (Landscapes Remembered), born in Wells, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1907-04-13 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1907-05-02 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1907-09-17 Warren E. Burger, 15th Supreme Court chief justice (1969-86), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 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 L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), born in Chicago, Illinois (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)
  • 1910-01-05 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), born in Gonvick, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1910-09-29 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)
  • 1911-10-26 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1914-06-18 E. G. Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1915-01-06 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst & writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1918-02-13 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d.2006)
  • 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)
  • 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, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro 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

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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, American politician & writer, 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
  • 1963-10-02 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • 1979-11-16 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 1996-03-29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 51
  • 1998-12-03 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), dies at 88
  • 2001-03-04 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • 2003-02-10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • 2004-11-15 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), dies at 95
  • 2005-11-29 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove; Cleveland, Minnesota), dies from cancer at 78