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5 Fun Facts About July 16 In Minnesota History

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1. On July 16, 1934, the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike began, which eventually led to the formation of the powerful labor union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The strike lasted for several months, causing widespread disruption in the city and resulting in violent confrontations between strikers and police.

2. In 1953, the first All-Star Game of the National Football League was played at the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. The game featured top players from the Eastern and Western Conferences, with the East winning 20-9.

3. On July 16, 1977, the Twin Cities experienced a major blackout, which affected over a million people in the region. The outage was caused by lightning striking a transmission line, and resulted in widespread chaos and looting in some areas.

4. In 1995, the Mall of America in Bloomington opened its doors for business, becoming the largest mall in the United States at the time. The mall features over 500 stores and attracts millions of visitors each year.

5. On July 16, 2011, the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota reached record high flood levels, causing significant damage to buildings, roads, and farmland in several communities. The flooding prompted the evacuation of over 1,500 people and caused millions of dollars in damage.
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