This Day in Minnesota History

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1863

In response to a federal law mandating that all Dakota be removed from the state as punishment for the U.S.-Dakota War, 1,310 captives at Fort Snelling, mostly women and children, are loaded onto two steamboats to be transported to a reservation on Crow Creek in southeastern Dakota Territory. Soon after arriving at the reservation, many would die of disease and hunger.

1888

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul is established.

1925

St. Paul's Ford Motor Company plant assembles its first car, which St. Paul mayor Arthur E. Nelson, Minneapolis mayor George E. Leach, and Ford executives A. W. Bendick and V. E. Nystrom ride in during a ceremony. The plant soon produces five hundred cars each day.

1975

The Minnesota Twins retire number 3 in honor of Harmon Killebrew.

1984

During a Minnesota Twins baseball game, Dave Kingman hits a ball into the roof of the Metrodome, where it is lodged in a pocket. He is awarded a ground-rule double.