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5 Fun Facts About January 28 In Minnesota History

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1. On January 28, 1918, the US Post Office Department began airmail service in Minnesota, with a route between Minneapolis and Chicago. This marked an important milestone in aviation history, as the United States began to develop a national airmail network.

2. In 1986, Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich declared January 28 to be “Harmon Killebrew Day” in honor of the former Minnesota Twins baseball player. Killebrew was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, and remains one of the most beloved players in Twins history.

3. On January 28, 1904, the Minnesota State Fair Association was incorporated. The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and most popular annual events in the state, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the fairgrounds in St. Paul.

4. In 1932, a severe blizzard struck Minnesota on January 28, causing widespread damage and disrupting transportation throughout the state. The storm lasted for several days, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas and resulting in numerous fatalities.

5. On January 28, 1972, the first episode of the public television series “The Electric Company” aired. The show, which was produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), aimed to teach children to read and write through music, comedy, and animation. The show was popular in Minnesota and across the United States, and ran for six seasons.
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