This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: May 28

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1827

Dakota warriors shoot into an Ojibwe camp outside Fort Snelling, killing several people, and Ojibwe warriors make reprisal attacks over the next few days, killing four Dakota. Although a peace treaty had been negotiated in 1825, battles between the two groups would continue for decades.

1859

Anticipating a delightful lecture by Bayard Taylor, 300 passengers board the steamboat Equator at Afton for a trip up the St. Croix River to Stillwater. However, forty-mile-per-hour winds force water into the hatches and drown the boilers, and Captain Asa Green and his crew are compelled to ground the ship near Hudson, unloading the passengers just before a wind gust rips the cabin off the boat. Unfortunately, the passengers miss Taylor's lecture, "Life in the North."

1866

The Twin Cities fete General William T. Sherman, who is on a tour of army forts in Minnesota and the Dakotas as commander of the Division of the Mississippi.

1896

Minneapolis celebrates John H. Stevens Day. Stevens had built the first house on the west side of the Mississippi River in 1849, and on this day schoolchildren pull the house to a location in Minnehaha Park.

1903

St. Paul's first automobile fatality occurs when a child is struck on Selby Avenue between Dale and St. Albans Streets.

1936

A statue depicting five Indians with sacred pipes seated around a fire and a "god of peace" emerging from the smoke is dedicated in the Ramsey County Courthouse. Sculpted by Swedish artist Carl Milles and later named Vision of Peace, the sixty-ton, thirty-six-foot-tall revolving onyx statue cost $75,000.