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5 Fun Facts About August 23 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1917, the Green Bay Packers played their first ever professional football game on August 23 against the Minneapolis Marines at Hagemeister Park in Green Bay. The game ended in a 6-6 tie.

2. In 1973, the Milwaukee Brewers set a Major League Baseball record by using 9 pitchers in a 9-inning game against the Oakland A’s. Despite the unique strategy, the Brewers still lost the game 3-2.

3. On August 23, 1922, William Boeing founded the Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle, Washington. This company would go on to have a huge impact on aviation, including building many of the planes used in World War II.

4. The Great Lakes shipwreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald occurred on November 10, 1975, but the ship was built in Wisconsin, and many of the crew were from the state. On August 23, 1976, the first newspaper article was published about the disaster in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

5. On August 23, 1911, the first public demonstration of a coast-to-coast long-distance telephone call was made from New York to San Francisco. This groundbreaking technology would change the world forever, connecting people across vast distances like never before.
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