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5 Fun Facts About December 30 In Wisconsin History

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1. The city of Milwaukee was founded on December 30, 1846. Solomon Juneau, who is considered the founder of Milwaukee, named the city after an Algonquian word meaning “good” or “pleasant land.”

2. In 1922, the first radio station in Wisconsin, WTMJ, began broadcasting from Milwaukee on December 30. The station, which stands for “The Milwaukee Journal,” started as a partnership between the Milwaukee Journal newspaper and the Milwaukee Gas Light Company.

3. Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh (now University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) defeated Louisiana Tech University on December 30, 1969, in the first annual Grantland Rice Bowl. The game was played in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and marked the first time a Wisconsin college team participated in a post-season bowl game.

4. On December 30, 1973, the Milwaukee Bucks set an NBA record by scoring 87 first-half points in a game against the San Diego Conquistadors. The Bucks went on to win the game 133-111, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leading the team with 34 points.

5. In 2013, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 33-28 at Soldier Field on December 30, clinching the NFC North division title and a spot in the playoffs. The game was notable for a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to receiver Randall Cobb, who caught the ball and ran 48 yards for the game-winning score.
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