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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In Minnesota History

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1. On March 23, 1858, the first territorial legislature of Minnesota assembled in St. Paul. This marked an important milestone in Minnesota's history as it paved the way for the eventual admission of the state to the Union.

2. In 1900, the University of Minnesota was established in Minneapolis through legislation signed by Governor John Lind. Today, the University is one of the largest and most respected educational institutions in the country, known for its research and innovation.

3. On March 23, 1920, state legislators authorized the creation of the Minnesota Historical Society. It was established to preserve the history and culture of the state through the collection and preservation of artifacts, documents, and other materials.

4. The first-ever professional basketball game in Minnesota was played on March 23, 1947, at the Minneapolis Auditorium. The Minneapolis Lakers defeated the Chicago Stags 77-74 in front of over 10,000 fans.

5. On March 23, 1982, the first edition of the now-famous "Let's Go Fishing" television show aired on KSTP-TV in Saint Paul. Hosted by Minnesota native Ron Schara, the show continues to air today and has become an important part of fishing culture in Minnesota and beyond.
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