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5 Fun Facts About April 24 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds opened on April 24, 1885. The fairgrounds, located in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, have become not only a traditional gathering place for Minnesotans, but also an important venue for cultural and educational events.

2. On April 24, 1971, the Minnesota Twins played their first game in their new home, Metropolitan Stadium (now the site of the Mall of America). The Twins' first opponent in their new home was the Washington Senators, whom they defeated 12-10.

3. On April 24, 2001, the Minnesota Wild played their first playoff game in franchise history. The Wild, who had entered the NHL as an expansion team just one year earlier, faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Although the Wild lost the game 5-0, they went on to win the series in seven games.

4. On April 24, 1964, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. The decision, which was one of the cases comprising the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, held that public school systems could not use delaying tactics to avoid desegregating their schools.

5. On April 24, 2016, Prince, one of Minnesota's most famous residents, died at his home in Paisley Park. The singer, songwriter, and musician had lived in Minnesota for most of his life, and had a profound impact on the state's music scene as well as on popular culture as a whole. His death was felt deeply in Minnesota and around the world.
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