Minneapolis Aquatennial

Started in 1940 by a group of businessmen looking to promote their city nationally, the Minneapolis Aquatennial has been drawing crowds every July since for parades, pageantry, and crowd events, highlighting Minneapolis’s status as the “City of Lakes.”

This Day in Minnesota History

October 10, 2016

Governor Mark Dayton issues a proclamation declaring this date to be the first state-wide Indigenous Peoples' Day, celebrated in place of Columbus Day. Grand Rapids, Minneapolis, and Minnesota State University, Mankato, had adopted the holiday in 2014.

Clark v. United States

Many people suffered from the collapse of Wilbur Foshay’s Public Utilities Consolidated Corporation (PUCC)—chiefly the company’s investors, who lost their money, and Foshay and his associates, who went to prison. But those who suffered most were neither. The tragic figures turned out to be a juror, Genevieve Clark, and her family.

Evacuation of Georgetown, 1862

The evacuation of Georgetown took place during the US-Dakota War of 1862 when the town’s residents fled to safety on August 22—five days after the war’s start. Only the families of Randolph M. Probstfield and E. R. Hutchinson chose to return afterwards.

Morrill Hall Takeover, University of Minnesota

Black students at the University of Minnesota staged 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.


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