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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1854, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill granting Milwaukee's parks to be controlled by the newly organized Milwaukee Park Commission. This move paved the way for the creation of one of Wisconsin's largest park systems that visitors enjoy to this day.

2. In 1863, Governor Edward Salomon signed a bill creating the Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture. This was a crucial step in developing Wisconsin's agriculture industry and supporting its economy.

3. In 1935, the Milwaukee Journal published an editorial supporting a statute that would require public officials to take an oath to support the Constitution. This editorial led to the creation of the Wisconsin State Loyalty Board, which was responsible for investigating and prosecuting individuals suspected of disloyalty.

4. In 1970, a group of Native American activists occupied the Alexian Brothers Novitiate in Gresham, Wisconsin. The group demanded that the property be returned to the Menominee Tribe, which had sold the land to the Catholic religious order in the late 1800s. The occupation lasted for several months and was a key moment in the Native American civil rights movement.

5. In 2010, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The law allowed patients with certain medical conditions to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, making Wisconsin the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana. However, the law was later repealed by the state legislature before it could be implemented.
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