This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: June 29

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1837

Elizabeth S. Hamilton, widow of Alexander, visits Fort Snelling and views points of interest including Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls, and the Falls of St. Anthony. She is one of the first female tourists of the area.

1854

Congress establishes the principle of offering land grants to railroads. Federal land grants eventually total 10 million acres, 18.5 percent of the state's land, ranking Minnesota fourth among the states in acreage granted.

1863

A group of Dakota who had avoided capture after the 1862 war attack the Dustin farm near Howard Lake in Wright County, killing four settlers.

1905

Chisholm's Archibald "Moonlight" Graham plays his only game as a major leaguer, with the New York Giants. He would be celebrated in W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe , later translated to the screen as Field of Dreams .

1916

Reflecting nationwide attitudes about prohibition, Duluth adopts a ban on alcohol sales within the city.

1922

John Vessey is born in Minneapolis. Vessey would lie about his age to join the Minnesota National Guard in 1939. In World War II he would fight in North Africa and at Anzio, Italy, where he would win a Bronze Star and earn a battlefield commission as an officer. He would win a Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam and serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985.