Miracle on Ice

The Miracle on Ice is the name given to the American men’s ice hockey victory over the heavily favored Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The team drew heavily on Minnesotan talent, including twelve players and coach Herb Brooks. Coming amid American setbacks in the Cold War, their unlikely win inspired and united the country.

Minneapolis Teamsters’ Strike, 1934

“No trucks shall be moved! By nobody!” was the rallying cry of Minneapolis Teamsters Local 574 as they struck in the summer of 1934. Their demands were clear: a fair wage, union recognition, and the trucking firms’ recognition of inside workers as part of the union. Despite the violent reaction of the authorities, the 574 won on all these points.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 18, 1902

Aurelia Wheeldin, one of the earliest female African American boxers, is born in Minnesota. She would study music at Macalester College, earn recognition as a world female champion bantamweight, and eventually move to New York City and perform in musicals at the Apollo Theater.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 27, 2006

Curtis Warnke, publisher of the Wood Lake News from 1966 to 1994 and the youngest person elected to the Minnesota Legislature (in 1956), passes away from cancer at age seventy-four.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 15, 1875

Bishop Thomas L. Grace dedicates the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater, with Father John Ireland presiding. The press of the day acclaims it as the finest church in the state.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 9, 2006

The Minnesota Immigration with Dignity March draws more than 30,000 people who support extending legal status to undocumented workers. Championing family reunification and comprehensive reform, immigrants and their supporters march from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the capitol.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 21, 2005

Three Minnesota National Guardsmen—David Day of St. Louis Park, Jesse Lhotka of Appleton, and Jason Timmerman of Tracy—are killed in Iraq, marking the deadliest day for Minnesota soldiers since Vietnam. Sergeant Lhotka is credited with saving a fellow guardsman's life and helping evacuate another soldier before being killed by the roadside blast.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 9, 1862

In the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War a mob of settler-colonists attacks a group of Dakota captives in New Ulm. The troops guarding the captives manage to restore order. Five days later, in Henderson, settler-colonists attack Dakota captives being led to Fort Snelling. They kill one Dakota infant before soldiers disperse the crowd.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 6, 1860

On the same day that Minnesota votes for Abraham Lincoln for president, a horse race in Freeborn County determines the county seat. Albert Lea and Itasca had both been vying for the honor, and corruption and vote buying ran rampant. Adding to the excitement, an Albert Lea racehorse, Old Tom, had been put up to run a race against Itasca's best. The businessmen of Itasca had secretly bought an Iowa racehorse named Fly, the plan being to encourage Albert Lea's folks to bet on Old Tom, win their money, and then buy votes for Itasca.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 3, 1998

Former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura wins the gubernatorial election. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican candidates split much of the vote, and Reform Party candidate Ventura, who had been mayor of Brooklyn Park and host of a radio talk show on KSTP in the Twin Cities, takes the prize. Ventura would later switch his affiliation to the Independence Party of Minnesota, and his administration would focus on education and tax reform.

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