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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Wisconsin History

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1. Groundhog Day: February 2 is popularly known as Groundhog Day. In Wisconsin, the holiday is celebrated in the town of Sun Prairie, where local weather prognosticator Jimmy the Groundhog predicts whether winter will last for six more weeks or if spring is on the way.

2. Wisconsin's first capitol building: On February 2, 1836, Wisconsin's territorial lawmakers met for the first time in Belmont, which served as the state's first capitol building until 1838 when the capital was relocated to Madison.

3. Famous birthdays: February 2 is the birthdate of famous Wisconsinites such as former Green Bay Packers player Brett Favre, Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, and novelist Lorine Niedecker.

4. Wisconsin's first newspaper: The first newspaper to be printed in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Intelligencer, was published on February 2, 1833.

5. Prohibition ends: On February 2, 1923, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended the prohibition of alcohol in the United States.
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