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5 Fun Facts About August 24 In Wisconsin History

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1. On August 24, 1818, the Treaty of St. Louis was signed between the United States government and the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes, ceding a large portion of land in Wisconsin and Illinois to the government.

2. Wisconsin's longest-serving governor, Tommy Thompson, was born on August 24, 1941. Thompson served as governor from 1987 to 2001 and went on to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

3. On August 24, 1962, the Milwaukee Braves baseball team played their final season game at County Stadium before moving to Atlanta. The Braves lost to the Cincinnati Reds, ending their 13-year run in Milwaukee.

4. In 2004, on the 155th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of St. Louis, 5 tribes officially opened the St. Croix Chippewa Casino in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. The casino has since expanded to include a hotel and convention center.

5. On August 24, 2011, the Milwaukee Mile racetrack was purchased by businessman Chris Morgan. The track, which has a rich history of auto racing dating back to 1903, had been closed for several years due to financial difficulty. Morgan's purchase re-opened the track for racing events.
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