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This week in state history


December 20, 2019

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week.

Dec. 21

1998 Television’s original Betty Crocker, Adelaide Hawley Cumming, dies in Seattle. Cumming starred in the Betty Crocker Show beginning in 1949 and remained General Mills’ advertising icon until 1964, after which she taught English as a second language in Seattle.

Dec. 23

1846 A bill is introduced in Congress to create a territory called “Minasota.” Although the bill fails, this is the first legislative use of the name.

1926 Robert Bly is born in Madison, Minnesota. A poet, translator, editor, and activist in...

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