St. Paul History

Minnesota: Minneapolis

Historical Events

The Great Fire of London

1666-09-06 After St Paul's Cathedral and much of the city had been burned down over four days, the Great Fire of London is finally extinguished.

  • 1766-10-30 St. Paul's Chapel in New York is consecrated

Historic Event

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

  • 1920-02-01 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul, Minn)
  • 1932-09-04 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Keller GC: Olin Dutra wins the first of 2 major titles, beating Frank Walsh, 4 & 3
  • 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
  • 1954-07-27 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Keller GC: Chick Herbert scores a 4 & 3 win over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final
  • 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
  • 1960-11-26 Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins
  • 1961-01-09 Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory
  • 1963-11-28 Crusher beats Verne Gagne in St Paul, to become NWA champ
  • 1965-05-03 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1965-08-21 The Crusher beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champ
  • 1967-02-26 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champion
  • 1975-11-08 Nick Bockwinkle beats Verne Gagne in St Paul, to become NWA champ
  • 1980-09-06 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
  • 1980-09-06 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • 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
  • 1997-06-25 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul

NHL 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

  • 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
  • 2018-06-13 Raccoon climbs 23 story office building in St Paul, Minnesota, becoming an internet sensation

Famous Birthdays

  • 1838-09-11 John Ireland, Irish-American archbishop of St Paul (1888-1918), born in Burnchurch, Ireland (d. 1918)
  • 1877-04-23 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • 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, American publisher, founded Readers Digest (1921), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bugs Moran

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

  • 1892-02-27 William Demarest, American actor (My 3 Sons), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1983)
  • 1892-12-29 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1893-07-18 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1949)

F. 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)
  • 1898-06-06 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1987)
  • 1899-09-01 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • 1902-02-21 Arthur D. Nock, English-American historian (St Paul)
  • 1903-02-19 Kay Boyle, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1906-12-20 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • 1907-04-13 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1910-01-11 Izler Solomon, conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1912-06-29 Joan Davis, American actress (I Married Joan), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1961)
  • 1913-08-19 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1915-09-24 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1918-04-13 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, born in St Pauls Cray, Kent, England (d. 2002)

Toni 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)

  • 1927-07-25 Midge Decter, American journalist and author (The Liberated Woman & Other Americans), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1928-07-31 Bill Frenzel, American politician (Rep-R-MN, 1971-91), born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 2014)
  • 1928-08-27 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1934-09-14 Kate Millett, American feminist and author (Sexual Politics), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1935-08-05 John McCartan, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1938-02-23 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1939-02-06 Mike Farrell, American actor (M*A*S*H;, 1975-83 - B.J."; Providence), producer (Patch Adams), and human rights activist, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1945-08-05 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1947-08-01 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes - "I'll Talk To You Later"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1950-12-02 Merrill Ashley, American ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dave Winfield

1951-10-03 Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (12 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove; 6 x Silver Slugger; SD Padres; NY Yankees), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

Paul Molitor

1956-08-22 Paul Molitor, American baseball infielder (7 x MLB All-Star Milwaukee Brewers; World Series MVP 1993 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 1957-01-26 Hawk [Michael Hegstrand], American professional wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1957-04-30 Duane G Carey, American major USAF/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1959-10-31 Ann Henricksson, American tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1960-11-25 Mary Ostergren, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1961-11-18 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1962-09-01 Tony Cascarino, Irish soccer striker, broadcaster (88 caps Rep of Ireland; Millwall, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Marseille, Nancy), born in St Paul's Cray, Kent, England
  • 1963-02-07 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1964-03-09 Phil Housley, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team USA Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1965-08-22 Tom Gibis, American voice actor (Shikamaru Nara-Naruto), born in West St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966-02-21 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966-12-01 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1969-04-07 Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1969-05-28 Damian Rhodes, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1973-07-05 Christy Rowe, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978-04-28 Nate Richert, American actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978-07-21 Josh Hartnett, American actor and movie producer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1983-04-19 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

Famous Weddings

George Dewey

1899-11-09 US Admiral of the Navy George Dewey (61) weds Mildred McLean Hazen at the rectory St. Paul's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

Wedding of Interest

1981-07-29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

  • 2012-12-01 Minnesota Twins baseball catcher Joe Mauer (29) weds Maddie Bisanz at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

  • 1918-09-25 John Ireland, Irish-American archbishop of St Paul (1888-1918), dies at 80
  • 1963-01-11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • 1979-06-22 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), dies of a heat attack at 86