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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1849, the Minnesota Territorial Legislature officially established Ramsey County, which included the current capital city of St. Paul. The county was named after Alexander Ramsey, the first governor of Minnesota.

2. On January 30, 1904, the Great Canal Park Fire devastated Duluth, destroying 40 blocks of businesses, homes, and warehouses along the waterfront. The fire caused over $15 million in damages and displaced thousands of residents.

3. In 1915, Minnesota became the first state to limit the workday of women to 8 hours. This landmark legislation helped pave the way for women's rights in the workplace.

4. On January 30, 1948, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh testified in the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering Lindbergh's infant son. The highly publicized trial took place in Flemington, New Jersey, but Lindbergh's testimony was broadcast live to radio listeners across the country.

5. In 1972, the Minnesota Vikings played in their first Super Bowl, losing to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII. Despite the loss, the Vikings went on to become one of the most successful franchises in the NFL, with 29 playoff appearances and 10 conference championships to their name.
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