This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: June 26

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1834

Congress appropriates $7,000 to survey the boundary line between the Ojibwe and Dakota, which had been agreed upon in the treaty of 1825 at Prairie du Chien. The line is eventually drawn from the Chippewa River to Otter Tail Lake.

1851

A young woman wearing "bloomers," or Turkish-style pants, steps onto the St. Paul levee. She creates quite a sensation, with James M. Goodhue, editor of the Minnesota Pioneer, noting that "the girl looked remarkably well, as far as we could see." Thus Amelia Bloomer, who on the East Coast was attempting to reform the style of women's clothing, made her influence known in the Midwest.

1948

Sweden's Prince Bertil unveils a tablet to Jacob Fahlstrom, first Swede in Minnesota. A fur trader who arrived in Minnesota in the 1820s, Fahlstrom settled near Afton and died there in 1859. The plaque is at the intersection of Robert Street and Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul.

1953

Bemidji native Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, her costar in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, immortalize their handprints in the "Forecourt of the Stars" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California.

1959

President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II open the St. Lawrence Seaway in an official ceremony in Montreal. The seaway connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, making Duluth and other lake cities international ports.

1993

Sunrayce 93 concludes in Apple Valley, near the Minnesota Zoo. The six-day race of solar-powered one-passenger cars on a route from Texas to Minnesota was a competition between engineering students from schools across the country. Activities at the finish include solar-powered boat races on Lake Nokomis.

2004

Light rail service on the Blue Line, between downtown Minneapolis and Fort Snelling, begins. Full service to MSP Airport and the Mall of America begins on December 4, 2004. Through the end of 2013, there are 90.5 million rides on the Blue Line.