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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In Minnesota History

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1. The Minnesota State Capitol building was dedicated on November 18, 1905. The building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, is considered one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the country and is a National Historic Landmark.

2. On November 18, 1863, Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey proclaimed a day of thanksgiving in the state. This was a few months after President Abraham Lincoln had proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving in the midst of the Civil War.

3. In 1915, the first drive-in gas station in the state opened on West Seventh Street in St. Paul on November 18. It was operated by the Independent Oil Company and allowed customers to pull up to the pumps without leaving their cars.

4. On November 18, 1820, the United States Congress passed the Land Act of 1820, which opened up the Northwest Territory for settlement. This included what is now the state of Minnesota, which was later admitted to the Union as the 32nd state in 1858.

5. On November 18, 1941, the University of Minnesota's athletic director, Frank McCormick, resigned from his position. McCormick had been involved in a scandal that involved illegal payments to college athletes, and his resignation was an attempt to take responsibility for the situation.
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