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5 Fun Facts About November 30 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1885, Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson passed away in New York City. Although not a Minnesota native, he is best known in Minnesota for designing the USS Monitor, whose revolutionary design he conceived of after seeing a drawing of a Swedish coffee pot. Ericsson's design of the Monitor would be used in other Union warships during the Civil War and went on to influence naval design for decades to come.

2. In 1917, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team won its eighth consecutive Big Ten championship after defeating its archrival, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, in Minneapolis. This remarkable streak of dominance helped to cement the Golden Gophers' place as one of the most successful college football programs of all time.

3. In 1940, Minnesota became the first state in the country to stop using strychnine as a rodent poison. Prior to this, the use of strychnine had caused widespread ecological damage and wildlife deaths across the state.

4. In 1973, the American Indian Movement (AIM) and supporters took over the town of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Although not in Minnesota itself, the Wounded Knee occupation had profound implications for the growing Indigenous rights movement throughout the United States, and many Minnesota-based AIM members were involved in the takeover.

5. In 2018, Minnesota elected its first Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, to the U.S. House of Representatives. Omar, who was born in Somalia and raised in Minneapolis, has become an outspoken progressive voice in Congress, advocating for policies including Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and immigration reform.
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