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5 Fun Facts About December 5 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota Twins were granted permission to join Major League Baseball on December 5, 1960. With their first game played in 1961, the Twins have had many memorable moments and players throughout their history, including two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991.

2. December 5, 1864, marked the date of the Battle of Nashville during the Civil War. Union forces led by General George H. Thomas defeated Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood, effectively ending the war in Tennessee.

3. On December 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in Minnesota as the state ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This constitutional amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which had banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol.

4. The First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis, a legendary venue that has hosted countless music acts over the years, opened its doors for the first time on December 5, 1970. The club has played a significant role in the local music scene and has been immortalized in the film Purple Rain.

5. The Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis exploded on December 5, 1878, killing 18 people and injuring many others. At the time, it was the largest mill in the world and a crucial part of the city's economy. The disaster led to improved safety regulations and an increased focus on workplace safety.
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