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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Wisconsin History

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1. On December 24, 1865, the Kewaunee Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in eastern Wisconsin, reported on the gift-giving traditions of the local German community. The paper noted that German families exchanged presents on Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day as was common in other cultures at the time.

2. In 1936, the Green Bay Packers played a football game against the Boston Redskins on December 24. The game took place at Fenway Park in Boston, and the Packers won by a score of 21-6. The win helped secure the team's spot in the NFL Championship Game that year.

3. On December 24, 1973, a massive snowstorm hit southeastern Wisconsin, dumping over a foot of snow in some areas. The storm caused widespread travel disruptions and power outages, and it was one of the largest snowstorms to hit the region in decades.

4. In 2008, the Milwaukee Brewers signed outfielder Mike Cameron to a one-year contract on December 24. Cameron went on to have a strong season for the Brewers, hitting 25 home runs and earning a Gold Glove award for his play in center field.

5. December 24, 2020, saw the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. The site was one of the first in the state to offer vaccinations to the general public, and it has since become a major hub for vaccine distribution in the Milwaukee area.
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