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5 Fun Facts About April 4 In Wisconsin History

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1. On April 4, 1924, Wisconsin's first radio station, WLBL-AM, began broadcasting in Stevens Point.
2. In 1971, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Black Student Strike came to an end on April 4th after 65 days of protests, making it the longest student protest in campus history.
3. One of Wisconsin's most famous musicians, Jack Johnson, was born on April 4, 1878, in Galveston, Texas. Johnson lived in Milwaukee for much of his life and became known for his pioneering work in jazz and popular music.
4. On April 4, 1973, Wisconsin became the 49th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed equal legal rights for all citizens regardless of gender. Unfortunately, the ERA was never added to the U.S. Constitution, and its ratification remains a controversial issue to this day.
5. In 1902, the first issue of "The Wisconsin Magazine of History," the official publication of the Wisconsin Historical Society, was published on April 4th. This magazine has since become an important resource for scholars, educators, and anyone interested in Wisconsin's rich history.
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