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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In Wisconsin History

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1. Wisconsin became a state on August 1, 1848. After being part of Michigan, the Wisconsin Territory was established in 1836, and it was later admitted to the Union as the 30th state in 1848.

2. The Iron Brigade, a famous Union Army unit in the American Civil War, was organized on August 1, 1861, in Wisconsin. Composed of soldiers from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, the Iron Brigade fought in many of the conflict's key battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and more.

3. One of the deadliest storms in Wisconsin's history occurred on August 1, 1949. The massive tornado outbreak caused tremendous damage and killed nine people. Around 100 tornadoes were reported, with some touching down in the southeastern part of the state.

4. Several notable Wisconsin natives were born on August 1, including American band leader and pianist Lawrence Welk (1903), American singer-songwriter Jerry Garcia (1942), and American actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), best known for her role in the television show "The Cosby Show."

5. On August 1, 1989, Milwaukee's Summerfest set a world record for the largest sing-along. More than 12,000 people gathered at the festival's main stage to sing "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers, creating a joyful and memorable moment in Wisconsin history.
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