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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Minnesota History

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1. Armistice Day: November 11 marks Armistice Day, also known as Veterans Day, which commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. In Minnesota, the day was designated as a legal holiday in 1933, and in 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day.

2. Great Hinckley Fire: On November 11, 1894, a devastating forest fire swept across Hinckley, Minnesota, killing 418 people and destroying much of the town. The fire remains one of Minnesota's deadliest disasters.

3. Minnesota State Capitol: On November 11, 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol building was formally dedicated. The building was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert and is considered one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country.

4. Prince's birthplace: November 11 also marks the birthday of legendary musician Prince, who was born in Minneapolis in 1958. Prince's music and impact on popular culture continue to be celebrated throughout Minnesota and beyond.

5. Election Day: In 2014, Minnesota became the first state in the country to implement same-day voter registration on Election Day. This means that eligible voters can register to vote and cast their ballot in the same day, making voting more accessible to all citizens.
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