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
  • 1869-10-05 Man-made tunnel under St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota collapses, threatening the Minneapolis riverfront
  • 1892-06-07 Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and 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
  • 1977-03-26 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis
  • 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.
  • 1985-12-19 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • 1986-01-31 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart
  • 1990-10-13 Target Center, a multi-purpose arena in Minneapolis officially opens
  • 1991-10-27 Minnesota Twins beat Altanta Braves, 1-0 in 10 in Game 7 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; win 2nd Baseball World Series since move to Minneapolis; Twins pitcher Jack Morris MVP
  • 1992-01-26 Super Bowl XXVI, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MI: Washington Redskins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24; MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
  • 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 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Minikahda GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland 10-8
  • 1999-01-17 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)
  • 2007-08-01 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour
  • 2017-07-15 Australian Justine Damond killed by Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 for a disturbance
  • 2018-02-04 Super Bowl LII, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots, 41-33; MVP: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB

Famous Birthdays

  • 1842-01-18 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1870-06-17 George Cormack, American cereal inventor (Wheaties), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1876-12-12 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)
  • 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
  • 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)

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
  • 1893-05-03 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1973)
  • 1896-04-10 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 1898-05-10 Herbert Elwell, composer (Happy Hypocrite), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1904-06-14 Gilbert "Gil" Lamb, American actor (Hit Parade of 1947, Riding High), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1906-04-09 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1908-12-28 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1910-09-29 Virginia Bruce, American actress (Action in Arabia), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1912-07-18 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1914-01-28 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1916-01-03 Maxene Andrews, American singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1921-05-19 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 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
  • 1922-12-20 George Roy Hill, American film director (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1923-05-26 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1928-09-06 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1928-10-16 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1928-10-25 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1929-02-22 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934-11-30 Steve Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (New York Yankees) and basketball forward (Minneapolis Lakers), born in Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1934-12-29 Ed Flanders, American actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1935-09-16 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist, born in Minneapolis (d. 2016)
  • 1940-05-19 Joan Staley, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1958), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1940-11-22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-02-03 Bridget Hanley, American actress (Here Come the Brides), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1941-03-28 Alf Clausen, orchestra leader (Mary, Simpsons), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1943-01-01 Jerilyn Britz, American golfer (US Women's Open 1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944-12-07 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1946-07-28 Linda Kelsey, actress (Billie-Lou Grant, Kate-Day by Day), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947-04-18 Dorothy Lyman, American actress (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947-07-19 Bernie Leadon, American guitarist and vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1949-01-23 Robert Cabana, American astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Dean Anderson, American actor (MacGyver, Emerald Pt NAS), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-05 Harvey Jacob Alperin, actor (Cocktail), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-03-26 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950-07-19 Freddy Moore, American rock musician and songwriter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-06-27 Julia Duffy [Julia Margaret Hinds], American actress (Newhart, Baby Talk), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-07-15 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1951-08-14 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953-06-23 Roberta Leighton, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953-11-15 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956-04-18 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956-09-08 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1957-07-30 Mark Tymchyshyn, American actor (Gavin-As The World Turns), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1957-12-13 Morris Day, American singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestPrince Rogers Nelson

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

  • 1958-11-06 Trace Beaulieu, American actor (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960-09-15 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960-12-03 Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey defenceman (Olympic gold 1980; NHL All-Star 1982-83, 85-86), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961-02-17 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961-03-09 Mike Leach, American college football coach (Washington State University), born in Susanville, California
  • 1961-08-03 Molly Hagan, American actress (Code of Silence), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1962-04-27 James LeGros, American actor (Point Break, Enemy of the State), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1962-07-27 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis (d. 2005)
  • 1962-10-18 Jody Rosenthal, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1987), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1963-05-01 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x men's doubles major titles; Olympic gold men's doubles 1988), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1963-06-12 Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964-04-16 Dave Pirner, American rocker (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1965-07-07 Mo Collins, American actress, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966-06-18 Bob Kempainen, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966-08-12 Gordy Morgan, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-04-17 Kimberly Elise, American actress (Beloved), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-06-03 William "Bill" Carlucci, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1967-11-08 Rhonda Kottke, WPVA volleyballer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968-04-13 Tami Lyn Jameson, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968-04-13 Toni Lee Jameson, American team handball back court (Olympics 1996), 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, tennis star (1987 US junior boys), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969-09-16 Kathi Wolfgram, American rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969-12-15 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestVince Vaughn

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, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971-12-18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1976-10-09 Nick Swardson, American stand up comedian and actor (Reno 911!), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1977-08-29 Devean George, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1977-12-12 Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1979-05-05 Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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)
  • 1997-12-02 Steve Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (New York Yankees) and basketball forward (Minneapolis Lakers), dies of cancer at 63