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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Minnesota History

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1. On November 16, 1885, Minnesota's first state capitol building opened in St. Paul. The building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who later went on to design the United States Supreme Court building.
2. In 1909, the University of Minnesota's first homecoming football game was played on November 16. The Gophers beat Iowa 15-9 in front of a crowd of 8,000 fans.
3. The first traffic signal in Minnesota was installed in Minneapolis on November 16, 1914. The signal was located at the intersection of Hennepin and First Avenue and was manually operated by a police officer stationed in a nearby booth.
4. On November 16, 1960, songwriter and musician Bob Dylan played his first official concert at the Minneapolis club the Ten O'Clock Scholar. Dylan, who was still going by his birth name Robert Zimmerman at the time, played a mixture of folk and blues songs to a small crowd.
5. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura declared November 16, 1999 "Prince Day" in honor of the musician's concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Prince, who was born in Minneapolis, had a long history of performing in his hometown and was known for his generosity to local causes.
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