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5 Fun Facts About December 25 In Minnesota History

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1. Minnesota was officially admitted as the 32nd state on December 25, 1858. This Christmas Day admission marked an important milestone in the state's history, as it had previously been a part of the Minnesota Territory.

2. In 1876, the Minneapolis Tribune reported that a "Christmas hurricane" had hit the state, causing widespread damage and disruption. The storm reportedly brought heavy snowfall, high winds, and freezing temperatures, leading to power outages and transportation delays across the region.

3. On December 25, 1917, the Spirit of St. Paul, a high-speed aircraft built in Minnesota by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, completed its first test flight. The plane was designed to set a new world speed record, and would later be used by the US military during World War I.

4. In 1937, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team played in the first-ever National Football League playoff game on December 25. The Gophers defeated the Washington Redskins 17-7, becoming the first college team to win an NFL playoff game.

5. On December 25, 1982, the iconic IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis was temporarily converted into a massive snow slide as part of a holiday promotion. The event drew thousands of spectators and participants, and helped to showcase Minnesota's reputation as a hub for creative and innovative ideas.
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