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This week in state history


January 24, 2020

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week.

Jan. 26

1949 Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company announces the invention of a machine that can make mass recordings on magnetic audio tape.

Jan. 27

1871 Kentucky Congressman James Proctor Knott delivers the speech, “The Glories of Duluth,” in Congress, mocking the city in an effort to defeat a bill granting land for a railroad in northwest Wisconsin. Duluth’s citizens appreciate the free publicity, and a town nearby is named Proctor Knott, which was later shortened to just Proctor.

Jan. 28

1890 Farmers in Clarks...

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