That's right, Minnesota is 159 years old today.

Minnesota joined the union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, here's is what was happening that year:

  • A pencil with an attached eraser was given a patent in the United States.
  • The 'Wedding March' becomes a popular wedding recessional after being used at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter.
  • The first comet was photographed.
  • James Buchanan was President and the first of the historically famous Lincoln–Douglas debates are held.
  • Macy's opens for business in New York
  • What cost $10 in 1858 would cost $281.47 now.
  • Henry H. Sibley was the first Governor of Minnesota.