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5 Fun Facts About February 22 In Wisconsin History

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1. The Wisconsin State Assembly was established on February 22, 1848 when Wisconsin was still a territory. It was composed of 26 members and met irregularly until Wisconsin became a state in 1848.

2. On February 22, 1896, the Wisconsin Historical Society was founded. The Society's mission is to collect, preserve, and share Wisconsin's history and culture. Today, it is one of the largest and most active state historical societies in the United States.

3. Wisconsin native and Medal of Honor recipient, Mitchell Red Cloud Jr., was killed in action on February 22, 1951 during the Korean War. A Ho-Chunk tribal member, he demonstrated bravery and selflessness while defending his unit against enemy fire, earning him posthumous recognition as a hero.

4. February 22, 1943 marked the opening of Wisconsin's first V-J Day celebration. The event took place in Milwaukee and was held in honor of the military personnel serving in World War II. Over 130,000 people attended and the day was filled with parades, speeches, and patriotic songs.

5. On February 22, 1965, the Green Bay Packers won their first NFL championship since the Lombardi era. Led by quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-12 in the championship game. The victory marked a turning point for the Packers, who would go on to win the Super Bowl two years later.
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