Today's Date: July 27
Alexander Ramsey, who had served as governor during the Civil War, sets the cornerstone of the present state capitol building. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the capitol is a memorial to Minnesota's Civil War soldiers.
Virginia Piper, wife of investment banker Harry C. Piper, Jr., is kidnapped. The Minneapolis woman is released near Duluth after a ransom of one million dollars is paid, at the time the highest such payment ever made.