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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In Minnesota History

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1. On February 21, 1857, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States. Prior to its statehood, Minnesota was part of the Northwest Territory and then the Minnesota Territory.
2. In 1922, the Minnesota Vikings football team was founded on February 21 as the Minneapolis-based company named "Minnesota Football, Inc." The team began play in 1961 as an expansion franchise in the National Football League.
3. On February 21, 1931, St. Paul's iconic Landmark Center was dedicated. The building was originally built in 1902 as the United States Post Office and Custom House and now serves as a cultural center for the city.
4. On February 21, 1950, the temperature in Tower, Minnesota reached its lowest recorded temperature of -60 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.
5. The Minnesota Twins suffered one of the most infamous losses in team history on February 21, 1965 when their star outfielder Tony Oliva was injured during an intrasquad game, which forced him to miss a significant portion of the season. Despite the setback, the Twins went on to win the American League pennant that year.
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