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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota North Stars played their first game on January 22, 1967, as a part of the National Hockey League expansion. They lost to the California Seals, 2-1, in front of 12,016 fans at the Met Center.

2. On January 22, 1874, the Minnesota legislature approved a bill authorizing the creation of the state's first public university, the University of Minnesota, which officially opened in 1869. Today, it is one of the largest and most respected public universities in the nation.

3. The oldest continuously operated business in Saint Paul, the St. Paul Hotel, opened on January 22, 1910. The elegant hotel has hosted many famous guests over the years, including presidents, performers, and writers.

4. On January 22, 1895, a train carrying the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus derailed in Wadena, Minnesota, killing 30 people and injuring dozens more. The accident is still considered one of the worst rail disasters in United States history.

5. Minnesota's first-ever Super Bowl victory came on January 22, 1978, when the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game. The Vikings went on to play in the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35-31.
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