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5 Fun Facts About July 21 In Minnesota History

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1. On July 21, 1922, the iconic Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis was completed. Standing at 447 feet tall, it was the tallest building in the city until 1972. Today, it serves as a mixed-use building with office space, luxury apartments, and a museum dedicated to the tower's namesake, Wilbur Foshay.

2. In 1998, on July 21, the Minnesota Twins retired Kirby Puckett's number 34 jersey, honoring the beloved Hall-of-Fame center fielder who led the team to two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. Puckett tragically passed away in 2006 but remains a beloved figure in Minnesota sports history.

3. On July 21, 1934, notorious bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago, but many Minnesota towns played a role in the FBI's hunt for the notorious criminal. Dillinger and his gang were known to frequent Minnesota's North Shore, staying at local resorts and cabins in the area.

4. In 1953, on July 21, the first-ever North Star Bicycle Race was held in the Twin Cities. The race was organized by the Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club and featured riders from all over the country, including several Olympians. Today, the North Star Grand Prix is one of the largest professional cycling races in the United States.

5. On July 21, 1987, the iconic sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry was unveiled at the Walker Art Center's sculpture garden in Minneapolis. Created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the playful sculpture has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
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