Morrill Hall Takeover, University of Minnesota

Black students at the University of Minnesota waged a twenty-four-hour protest at Morrill Hall, the school’s administrative building, in 1969. The demonstration led to the creation of the university’s Afro-American Studies Department.

November 5, 1916

Charles Thompson Memorial Hall is opened at 1824 Marshall Avenue in St. Paul with a formal dedication ceremony. It is the first clubhouse for the deaf in the world and is later listed on the National Register of Historic Places (2011).

September 26, 1973

The Open Dating Law of 1973 is implemented, requiring food manufacturers, processors, and packagers to provide quality assurance dates on specified products with a limited shelf life.

April 21, 2016

Prince dies at his Chanhassen home, Paisley Park, from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl. Millions of fans around the world mourn his loss.

April 14, 2018

An unusually late-season blizzard sweeps into southern Minnesota that will last for two days. The areas with the largest snow accumulations by Sunday evening (April 15) include Maple Grove (22 inches), Fridley (20 inches), Northeast Minneapolis (19.8 inches) and St. Paul (19.2 inches).

Professionalization of Nursing in Minnesota, 1898–1920

For most of its history, nursing was an unregulated profession. To raise both their reputation and their standard of care, Minnesota nurses during the Progressive Era founded local and statewide nursing associations. Using these to create community among members, influence training schools, and engage in legislative advocacy, these nurses transformed what had been a mixture of skilled and unskilled work into a full, licensed profession.

Execution of Thomas Brown

The only documented hanging held in Clay County occurred on September 20, 1889, when Thomas Brown was hanged for the murder of Moorhead Patrolman Peter Poull. Newspapers across the country reported on the sensational event; the Los Angeles Herald called it “a quiet execution.”

Westbrook Hospital Days

Between 1968 and 2001, supporters of Dr. Henry Schmidt Memorial Hospital in Westbrook combined work and pleasure to organize Hospital Days, an annual public event that raised money for hospital equipment and community amenities. People of all ages were invited to attend, participate in activities, and enjoy good food.

This Day in Minnesota History

May 9, 1998

The suit State of Minnesota et al. v. Philip Morris et al. is settled when the defendants—tobacco companies—agree to pay Minnesota and Blue Cross-Blue Shield $6.5 billion dollars in total. The settlement ended the companies’ chain of legal victories and turned the tide in anti-tobacco efforts throughout the nation.

Norwegian Immigration to the Buffalo River, 1870–1872

The Norwegians who made their homes along the Buffalo River in 1870 were among the first European settler-colonists to live in Clay County. The timing of their arrival, before the land had been surveyed, helped to draw other immigrants to the area.

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