William Williams is hanged in a bungled execution in the Ramsey County jail for the murders of a teenaged boy, with whom he was sexually involved, and the boy's mother. Williams is the twenty-fifth man and the last person of twenty-six legally executed in the state, as capital punishment would be abolished in Minnesota in 1911 following public revulsion and outcry caused by vivid newspaper accounts of his protracted sufferings, due to a too-long rope.
Harold E. Stassen is born in West St. Paul. Elected governor at age thirty-two, he would be the youngest individual to hold that office, from 1939 to 1943. He would resign as governor to serve as lieutenant commander in the navy during World War II. His long and distinguished career in public service would unfortunately be overshadowed by a string of defeats as he sought the Republican nomination for president. He died in 2001.
President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Superior National Forest. Six weeks later Ontario's government responds in kind by creating Quetico Provincial Forest Reserve. Exploitative practices are restricted in these areas, thereby preserving the beauty of lakes and trees for future generations.
Patty Berg is born in Minneapolis. A consummate golfer and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she would win the U.S. Women's Open in 1946 and claim victory in seven Western Open Tournaments and four Titleholders Championships.
Leeann W. Chin is born in Canton, China. She would immigrate to the United States in 1956 and open her first restaurant in Minnetonka's Bonaventure Shopping Mall in 1980. Today, her chain of Chin's Asia Fresh restaurants specializes in Asian fusion.
Commercial production of taconite at the Reserve Mining Company's plant in Silver Bay begins. Taconite had been developed in 1919 in Babbitt, but large-scale production wasn't begun until Edward W. Davis had perfected a method to process it and the richer parts of the iron ranges had been mined out.
Police arrest Ronald Reed, a twenty-year-old suspect in an Omaha bank robbery, on charges of conspiracy to kidnap Governor Harold LeVander and St. Paul city councilwoman Rosalie Butler and hold them hostage for exchange with black political prisoners. Police connect Reed to the Black Panther Party, but Emory Douglass, the Black Panther's national minister of culture, denies Reed's membership in the party. Reed, an ROTC member at the University of Minnesota, is held in Ramsey County jail on a $150,000 bond, the highest in the state's history.
More than 400 bookbinders in the Twin Cities area go on strike against the Quality Park, Minnesota, Heinrich, Mackay, and Tension envelope companies after a bargaining session fails to resolve differences about a new contract, including a disagreement about a cost-of-living clause. The striking members of the Graphic Arts International Union would settle with all their employers two months later.
The city of Kinney, St. Louis County, secedes from the United States. The city council, frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to obtain a grant from the federal government for a water project, decides to secede and apply for foreign aid because "there is less paperwork." Passports are issued by sympathizers in New Haven, Connecticut. Although the United States did not recognize Kinney as a foreign country, Duluth's frozen food king Jeno Pauluccii did, giving Kinney a used Ford to replace the city police car (which no longer ran) and ten cases of frozen pizza for good measure.
Hubert H. Humphrey dies. Humphrey was born in Wallace, South Dakota, on May 27, 1911. State campaign manager for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 and a founder of the anticommunist group Americans for Democratic Action, Humphrey entered the national spotlight after delivering a rousing address on civil rights at the 1948 Democratic National Convention. He served in the Senate beginning in 1948 and was elected vice president under Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Nature writer and environmentalist Sigurd Olson dies in Ely. Born in Chicago in 1899, Olson served as a canoe guide in the boundary waters region and was active in environmental issues beginning in the 1920s, playing a prominent role in the battle for federal protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and serving as president of the Wilderness Society.
Demolition begins on the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, former home of the North Stars professional hockey team and venue for entertainment events. The first bombing attempt, with a detonator button pressed by Michael Franson, is largely unsuccessful, with much of the building still standing ten minutes after the scheduled implosion. Eventually, the structure is brought down with bulldozers and other heavy equipment.
Englishman Jonathan Carver enters the cave that would one day bear his name. Carver writes in his diary: "came to the great stone cave called by the Naudowessies [Dakota] the House of Spirits. This cave is doubtless a greater curiosity than my short stay and want of convenience allowed me to sufficiently explore." The St. Paul cave would be partially filled in by debris and its entrance obscured, rediscovered in 1913, covered again, and once again discovered in 1977.
Fur trader Alexis Bailly is born in St. Joseph, Canada. He would precede Henry H. Sibley as an agent for the American Fur Company in Mendota. In addition to his work with the fur trade, Bailly would be one of the first wheat growers in Minnesota and a member of the territorial legislature. He died in 1861