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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota State Capitol was officially dedicated on May 24, 1905, after nine years of construction. The building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, is a masterpiece of Renaissance Revival style and features stunning murals, marble, and sculpture throughout.

2. On May 24, 1955, the iconic Hamm's Brewery sign was first illuminated in St. Paul, becoming a symbol of the city's brewing heritage. The sign depicted a waterfall and the slogan "From the Land of Sky Blue Waters," which was also the title of the popular Hamm's beer jingle.

3. In 1987, the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul reopened after being renovated and restored to its former glory. The theater, which was built in 1910 and originally called the Sam S. Shubert Theater, has hosted countless performances, including those of famous Minnesotans such as Garrison Keillor.

4. On May 24, 2000, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions, becoming one of the first states to do so. However, the law was limited in scope and did not allow for the cultivation or distribution of cannabis.

5. In 2014, the Minnesota Lynx women's basketball team won their season opener on May 24, beginning a historic run that culminated in their third WNBA championship title that year. The Lynx have been one of the most successful teams in the league, winning four championships overall and featuring many of the greatest players in women's basketball history.
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