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5 Fun Facts About May 3 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States. May 3 marked the beginning of a new era for the young state, which was seeking to establish its identity and build a sustainable future.

2. On May 3, 1901, the Minnesota State Legislature passed the first law in the country to require safety glass for windshields on automobiles. This law was a significant step forward in reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from automobile accidents.

3. In 1945, Minneapolis native and war hero Lt. Edward "Butch" O'Hare was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War II. O'Hare had shot down five Japanese bombers in a single mission, saving his aircraft carrier from destruction.

4. On May 3, 1965, Minnesota recorded one of the largest tornado outbreaks in state history. A total of 27 tornadoes struck the state, killing 13 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. This event remains one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Minnesota history, and serves as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of nature.

5. In 1993, the Minnesota Twins set a Major League Baseball record by hitting seven home runs in a single game against the Seattle Mariners. The Twins eventually won the game 20-7, and the feat remains one of the most memorable moments in Twins history.
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