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5 Fun Facts About January 7 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1893, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to inaugurate a governor on January 7th. Governor Knute Nelson was sworn into office on this date, marking the start of a tradition that continues to this day.

2. In 1938, the temperature in Tower, Minnesota dropped to a frigid -60 degrees Fahrenheit, setting the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state. The extreme cold caused schools and businesses to close, and residents were advised to stay indoors to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.

3. On January 7, 1965, the University of Minnesota's football team won the Rose Bowl for the first time in school history. Quarterback Sandy Stephens led the team to a 21-3 victory over UCLA, earning the program its first national championship.

4. In 1976, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota on January 7th. Dylan, a native of Minnesota, was recognized for his contributions to music and literature.

5. On January 7, 1993, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon threw for a playoff-record 527 yards in a game against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings ultimately lost the game, but Moon's performance is still considered one of the greatest in NFL playoff history.
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