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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Wisconsin History

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1. On April 14, 1848, Wisconsin became the first state to establish a state-supported school for the education of the blind. The school was called The Wisconsin Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is still in operation today.

2. In 1865, on April 14th, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. while watching a play. Wisconsin played a significant role in the Civil War and the state's residents mourned the loss of the beloved president.

3. On April 14, 1890, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in Wisconsin. The holiday, which encourages individuals and organizations to plant and care for trees, was the brainchild of Wisconsin resident Julius Sterling Morton.

4. Wisconsin's most deadly tornado outbreak occurred on April 14, 1883, when a series of tornadoes struck central and southeastern parts of the state, killing at least 19 people and injuring hundreds more.

5. On April 14, 2009, the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team played their first regular-season game at the newly opened Miller Park. The retractable-roof facility seats over 41,000 fans and is situated in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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