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5 Fun Facts About December 19 In Minnesota History

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1. On December 19, 1856, Minnesota Governor Henry Sibley signed a bill that established the first state university, which later became University of Minnesota. This move paved the way for higher education in the state and provided opportunities for countless students to advance their education.

2. In 1862, the largest mass execution in United States history took place in Mankato, Minnesota on December 19. 38 Dakota men were hanged in what is considered a controversial event that marked a low point in Minnesota's relationship with Native American tribes.

3. On December 19, 1903, the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul was dedicated. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert, the building features a distinctive dome that has become a prominent landmark in the city.

4. December 19, 1972 marked the first day of the first Minnesota Renaissance Festival, held in Shakopee, Minnesota. This popular event has become an annual tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to enjoy the music, food, and festivities of the era.

5. On December 19, 1995, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Phoenix Suns 125-118, marking the first time in team history that the Timberwolves won back-to-back home games against NBA Western Conference teams. The victory was a significant milestone for the Minnesota-based team, which had struggled in their early years in the league.
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