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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Minnesota History

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1. On November 28, 1905, the Great Northern Railway's first mainline passenger train arrived at the newly constructed Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota. The depot was designed by architect Charles Sumner Frost and served as a transportation hub for the Twin Cities until it was demolished in the 1970s.

2. Minnesota-born author and former advertising executive, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was born on November 28, 1896, in St. Paul. He is best known for his iconic novel, "The Great Gatsby," set during the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

3. In 1965, University of Minnesota researcher Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing high-yielding wheat varieties. His research is credited with helping to prevent famines in Mexico, India, and Pakistan and is known as the "Green Revolution."

4. On November 28, 1987, a fire destroyed several buildings in downtown Minneapolis, including the landmark Plymouth Building. The fire burned for over 17 hours and caused over $30 million in damage. It was later determined that the fire was started by a discarded cigarette butt.

5. In 2010, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre set an NFL record by starting his 283rd consecutive game against the Washington Redskins on November 28. The streak began in 1992 and lasted over 18 seasons, earning Favre the nickname "Iron Man."
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