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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota State Constitution was adopted on March 2, 1857, making Minnesota the 32nd state in the United States. The Constitution granted voting rights to all white males over the age of 21, but excluded women, Native Americans, and African Americans.

2. March 2, 1877, marked the beginning of the Endless Winter, a period of unrelenting cold weather that lasted for weeks and caused widespread hardship and suffering across the state. The extreme cold froze rivers and lakes, making transportation and communication nearly impossible.

3. On March 2, 1977, a raging blizzard hit Minnesota, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions. The storm was so severe that it prompted Governor Rudy Perpich to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard to assist with rescue and cleanup efforts.

4. March 2, 1997, was designated as International Polar Bear Day by the conservation organization Polar Bears International. To mark the occasion, the Minnesota Zoo held a special event to educate the public about the threats facing polar bears and the importance of conservation efforts.

5. In 2018, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed March 2 as Dr. Seuss Day in honor of the beloved children's author, whose birthday falls on that date. The proclamation encouraged Minnesotans to read Dr. Seuss books to children and celebrate the joy of learning and imagination.
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