This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: February 22

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1855

The Mississippi, Pillager, and Lake Winnibigoshish bands of Ojibwe sign a treaty ceding to the U.S. government a major portion of heavily wooded north-central Minnesota, in which lumbering companies had expressed a keen interest. The treaty establishes reservations at Leech Lake and Mille Lacs.

1861

The state first celebrates George Washington's birthday as a legal holiday.

1980

The United States Olympic Hockey team defeats the Soviet Union in a match that becomes known as the Miracle on Ice.