This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: March 21

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1864

George Edgar Vincent is born in Rockford, Illinois. A sociologist and a graduate of Yale University, he would serve from 1911 to 1917 as the third president of the University of Minnesota and an "academic house-cleaner" whose reforms during his energetic term would bring the institution into the modern era of education.

1913

After a wild chase early this morning in the North Minneapolis rail yards, railroad employees and armed police detectives capture Harry Christianson, who is suspected of attempting to rob boxcars. For a time Christianson manages to evade his pursuers by rolling under and jumping over and through coupled cars moving around the yards, but he eventually becomes confused and runs directly into the arms of the detectives.