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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota Wild Franchise Was Born (2000) - On February 1, 2000, Minnesota was officially awarded an NHL expansion franchise that would become known as the Minnesota Wild. The team played its first game in October of 2000 and has since become a beloved sports franchise in the state.

2. The Bering Bridge Was Inaugurated (1927) - On February 1, 1927, the Bering Bridge linking Russia and the United States was inaugurated. This supposed physical connection would have allowed Americans to drive all the way to Russia, however, the bridge was never completed.

3. The Landmark Case of Rankin v. McPherson Was Heard (1917) - On February 1, 1917, the landmark case of Rankin v. McPherson was heard in the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case, which dealt with the legal rights of women to vote, would set an important precedent for the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

4. The Largest Snowstorm in St. Paul's History Occurred (2011) - On February 1, 2011, St. Paul, MN experienced the largest snowstorm in the city's history, with over 17 inches of snow falling in just 24 hours.

5. The University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology Was Founded (1935) - On February 1, 1935, the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology was founded. Today, the institute is one of the leading engineering and science schools in the country and is recognized for its groundbreaking research and development.
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