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5 Fun Facts About October 9 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1858, Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state in the United States. This historic event occurred on October 9th and marked the end of a long process of negotiations and political wrangling.

2. On October 9, 1915, the University of Minnesota's Memorial Stadium was dedicated. The stadium, which was modeled after the Yale Bowl, was built to honor Minnesota's fallen soldiers from World War I.

3. On October 9, 1901, James J. Hill, the founder of the Great Northern Railway, died in St. Paul. Hill was a powerful figure in Minnesota's history and played a major role in the state's economic development.

4. In 2002, Minnesota native Paul Wellstone, a U.S. senator, died in a plane crash in northern Minnesota. Wellstone was known for his progressive politics and his advocacy for working-class Americans.

5. On October 9, 1940, the Minnesota Twins (then known as the Washington Senators) played in their first World Series. Although they eventually lost to the Cincinnati Reds, it was an exciting moment for Minnesota sports fans.
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