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5 Fun Facts About October 2 In Minnesota History

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1. Birth of musician Richard Marx: On October 2, 1963, singer-songwriter Richard Marx was born in Chicago, Illinois. Marx's music has impacted many fans around the world including Minnesotans who have enjoyed his music on the radio and seen him perform in the Twin Cities.

2. Minnesota Twins win the American League West division: In 1987, the Minnesota Twins clinched the American League West division title on October 2. This was a crucial moment in their season as they went on to win the World Series that year, the first of two championships in five years.

3. Minnesota Wild play their inaugural game: On October 2, 2000, the Minnesota Wild played their first ever NHL game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Although the Wild lost the game 3-1, it was an important moment in Minnesota sports history as hockey has always been important to the state.

4. Minnesota Vikings defeat Green Bay Packers in 2017: On October 2, 2017, the Minnesota Vikings defeated their rival, the Green Bay Packers, 23-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings' defense played a major role in the win, holding the Packers to just 63 rushing yards and one touchdown.

5. Discovery of the Anoka Meteorite: On October 2, 1938, a rare meteorite impacted the ground near Anoka, Minnesota. The meteorite weighed 1.145 kilograms and was discovered by an Anoka resident. It was later donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and remains an important piece of Minnesota history.
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