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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Minnesota History

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1. On April 29, 1958, the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers played their final game in Minnesota before relocating to Los Angeles. They defeated the St. Louis Hawks 118-109 at the Minneapolis Armory.

2. In 1862, the US-Dakota War began in southern Minnesota. The conflict lasted several weeks and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Dakota people and settlers. April 29 marked the beginning of a series of attacks on white settlements along the Minnesota River.

3. The first observance of Arbor Day in Minnesota was held on April 29, 1885. The holiday, which encourages people to plant trees and care for their local environments, was advocated by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872.

4. On April 29, 1903, the city of Duluth experienced a devastating fire that destroyed dozens of buildings and caused over $1 million in damage. The blaze was started by an explosion in a livery stable and spread rapidly through the city's wooden structures.

5. Minnesota-born actress and singer Tammy Wynette was born on April 29, 1942, in Tremont, Mississippi. Wynette is best known for her hit songs "Stand by Your Man" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," which she performed during the height of her career in the 1960s and 1970s.
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