Saturday, August 9, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 9

August 9, 1962 - The first movie shown at the St. Louis Park Cooper Theater was the "Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm," on this date. “The ad in the Minneapolis paper had a list of places in outlying cities where one could buy tickets, and a coupon one could send in to buy tickets in advance. When the Cooper played Cinerama, it was “hard ticket” meaning a patron bought a ticket for a specific seat.”

The Cooper was one of only three theaters in the country to be specially outfitted for Cinerama, which used three film projectors synchronized to make a panoramic image.

Friday, August 8, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 8

August 8, 1998 – Paul Molitor stole his 500th base in Minnesota’s 6-3 loss to Baltimore to become the fifth player ever with 3,000 hits and 500 steals. Molitor joined Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins and Lou Brock.

Paul Molitor

Thursday, August 7, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 7

August 7, 1993The Vikings played their 1993 American Bowl preseason game overseas on this date at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. They defeated the Buffalo Bills 20–6.

Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 6

August 6, 1880 The University of Minnesota Board of Regents held a called meeting at the governor’s room at the capitol this morning, electing Professor Maria L. Sanford of Philadelphia, Penn., assistant professor of English to teach rhetoric and elocution.1

Professor Maria L. Sanford
Sanford was the first female professor at the University of Minnesota. A legend to her students and an ambassador of learning to the entire state, she gave thousands of public lectures on history, art and travel.2

Built in 1910 and named for Maria Sanford, Sanford Hall was the first women's dormitory at the University of Minnesota, c. 1915.6 The building is still in use; however, today it is a coed dorm housing 502 residents.

In 1958, the state of Minnesota donated a bronze statue of Sanford to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection.3 Beneath her statue on the U.S. Capitol grounds are the words “the best-known and best-loved woman in Minnesota.”2

Bronze statue of Sanford to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection4

1The Saint Paul Daily Globe; “The State University. Meeting of the Regents Yesterday—Filling Vacancies in the Faculty”; Aug. 7, 1880; p. 4.






Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 5

August 5, 1940 – “Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh was bitterly denounced in the senate today by Senator Pepper, Democrat, Florida, ‘as the chief of the fifth-column in this country.’”  Pepper was reacting to “the flier’s speech Sunday urging ‘co-operation’ with Germany if Germany wins the war. In a radio address replying to Lindbergh, Senator Lucas, Democrat, Illinois, said tonight he was ‘not only amazed but somewhat shocked by Colonel Lindbergh’s attitude of complacency toward Adolph Hitler.’”

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Lindbergh Hit As U.S. Fifth Column Chief”; August 6, 1940; p. 10.

Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh

Monday, August 4, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 4

August 4, 2003 – Suffering from postpartum depression and hearing voices that told her to kill her baby, Villanova University history professor Dr. Mine Ener succumbed to her psychosis on this date, slitting the throat of her 6-month-old daughter Raya Donagi. Ener and her daughter were visiting Ener’s parents in St. Paul at the time.

Raya had Down syndrome and often needed to use a feeding tube. Ener told police she “did not want the child to go through life suffering” with her disability.

On Aug. 30, 2003, Ener committed suicide in a Ramsey County jail day-room by smothering herself with a plastic trash bag.

Villanova University history professor Dr. Mine Ener

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 3

August 3, 1881 - Stillwater renamed and renumbered its streets on this date.; p. 27.

Main and Chestnut Streets, Stillwater, MN

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Aug. 3, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.