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5 Fun Facts About April 1 In Minnesota History

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1. April 1, 1976: Minnesota became the first state to establish a state lottery. The first drawing was held on April 17, 1976, with over 3.8 million tickets sold.

2. April 1, 1923: The temperature in Minnesota reached a record high of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This remains the earliest 100-degree day on record for the state.

3. April 1, 1969: The Minnesota Twins played their first game in their new home at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN. They beat the Seattle Pilots 12-0.

4. April 1, 1980: The first computer bulletin board system (BBS) in Minnesota was created by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess. It was called the CBBS (Computerized Bulletin Board System) and became the first successful public BBS.

5. April 1, 1917: The United States declared war on Germany, officially entering World War I. Nearly 120,000 Minnesotans served in the war effort, with over 3,500 losing their lives.
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