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 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.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 3, 1831

The one and only Ignatius Donnelly is born in Philadelphia. He would arrive in Minnesota in 1857 and build a mansion at Nininger, near Hastings. He would also serve as first lieutenant governor of the state and as a representative in the legislature and Congress.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 2, 1993

Sharon Sayles Belton is elected mayor of Minneapolis. She is the first African American and the first woman to hold the office. Having previously worked for the State Department of Corrections and as assistant director of the Minnesota Program for Victims of Sexual Assault, Belton would tout a family-centered platform and administer numerous successful community programs, including the annual youth-oriented event, "Dancin' in the Streets."

This Day in Minnesota History

January 10, 1855

Henry W. Longfellow publishes The Song of Hiawatha. Although the poet never visited Minnesota, his poem depicts locations such as Minnehaha Falls and inspired some of the state's place names, including Bena, Nushka, Osseo, Ponemah, and Wabasso.

This Day in Minnesota History

January 10, 1851

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet open a school for girls in St. Paul, enrolling fourteen pupils and holding classes in the former Chapel of St. Paul. Originally named St. Mary's, their school would eventually be known as St. Joseph's Academy.

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