This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: March 20

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Kandiyohi County is established, at first comprising only the southern half of its present area. In 1870, the county would absorb its northern neighbor, Monongalia County. Kandiyohi, a Dakota name for some lakes in the county, means "where the buffalo fish come."


W. E. B. DuBois gives a lecture in St. Paul, sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP.


Surviving crew members of the US Army Air Corps bombing raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle on Tokyo during World War II gather in Red Wing with Chinese villagers who had rescued some of the airmen after they crash landed or parachuted into the nearby sea or China following the attack. Organized by a Red Wing-area resident who had led an expedition to China in 1990 to try to recover remains of raid bombers, the reunion also honors Doolittle, who is unable to attend.