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5 Fun Facts About July 28 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1898, the iconic Minnesota State Fair opened its doors for the first time at its permanent location in St. Paul. The fair has since become one of the largest and most attended state fairs in the country, attracting over 2 million visitors annually.

2. On July 28, 1959, the groundbreaking ceremony for the iconic Guthrie Theater took place in Minneapolis. The Guthrie has since become one of the country's most renowned regional theaters, hosting world-class productions and launching the careers of some of America's most acclaimed actors and playwrights.

3. In 1946, a massive tornado ripped through the northwestern Minnesota town of Fergus Falls, causing widespread destruction and claiming dozens of lives. The storm remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in Minnesota history and is a tragic reminder of the power of nature.

4. July 28, 1972 marked the opening of one of the most important infrastructure projects in Minnesota history - the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bridge collapsed tragically in 2007, killing 13 people and prompting a massive rebuilding effort that resulted in a new, safer bridge opening in 2008.

5. On July 28, 1932, the legendary and controversial gangster John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. While not strictly a Minnesota event, Dillinger was born and raised in Indianapolis, which is just a short drive from the Minnesota state line. His storied criminal career and ultimate demise have become the stuff of American legend.
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