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5 Fun Facts About October 8 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1862, the United States-Dakota War officially ended with the execution of 38 Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota. This event remains the largest mass execution in United States history.

2. In 1967, the Minnesota Vikings (football team) played their first game at the new Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. They won 13 to 10 over the Chicago Bears.

3. On October 8, 1920, the Minnesota Twins (baseball team) won their first franchise game as the Washington Senators, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics 2-1.

4. In 1853, James J. Hill, a railroad magnate and founder of the Great Northern Railway, was born in Ontario, Canada. He played a major role in the development of Minnesota's transportation infrastructure.

5. In 1975, the first episode of the beloved Minnesota-based television show "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired on CBS. The show followed the life of Mary Richards, a single woman working in the television news industry in Minneapolis.
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