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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1935, Minneapolis held its first Inter-City Beauty Contest, which was later renamed the Miss Minnesota Pageant. The winner of the contest would go on to compete in the Miss America contest.

2. In 1940, famous Minnesotan painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, Charles M. Schulz, published his first cartoon. Schulz went on to create the iconic comic strip, Peanuts, which ran for 50 years and featured beloved characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Lucy.

3. On June 29, 1951, Herman Welker, a pioneer aviator from Minneapolis, set a new world record for speed in a three-kilometer closed-circuit race. He achieved a speed of 390.9 miles per hour in his North American F-86 Sabre jet.

4. In 1967, the Minnesota Twins played their final game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. They defeated the Kansas City Athletics, 5-4 in 11 innings, with a walk-off home run by Harmon Killebrew. The Twins moved to their new home, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, in 1982.

5. On June 29, 1990, the St. Croix River was officially designated as a Wild and Scenic River by Congress. The river runs through Minnesota and Wisconsin and is known for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. The designation helps protect the river's natural resources for future generations to enjoy.
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