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5 Fun Facts About June 19 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1852, the first steamboat arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota. The boat, called the Minnesota, traveled up the Mississippi River from Cincinnati carrying about 50 passengers.

2. The famous folk musician Bob Dylan was born on June 19, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Dylan is known for his songs, which often tackled political or social issues of the time.

3. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas and announced that all slaves were free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This day is celebrated as Juneteenth, a day that is now recognized as a holiday in many states.

4. In 1912, several tornadoes struck northeastern Minnesota, causing devastation in several towns. The tornadoes caused 141 deaths and more than 400 injuries.

5. On June 19, 1961, the Twin Cities area experienced a rare solar eclipse. The eclipse was visible across most of the United States and caused some schools to close early so students could observe the event.
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