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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Wisconsin History

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February 6th marks an important day in the history of Wisconsin. Here are five interesting facts about this day:

1. First State Capitol Building: On February 6, 1838, the first session of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature was held in the first state capitol building in Belmont. This building, which no longer stands, was constructed from local materials and served as the territorial capitol until 1848 when Wisconsin became a state.

2. Honoring Women's Suffrage: In recognition of Women's Suffrage Day, February 6, 1912, Wisconsin Governor Francis McGovern proclaimed that day to be "Votes for Women Day". Governor McGovern called on men throughout the state to support the cause of women's suffrage and help them gain the right to vote.

3. Giant Snowman: On February 6, 2008, the small town of Gilman, Wisconsin set a new world record for building the largest snowman. The snowman stood 35 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed in at an estimated 23,000 pounds.

4. The Great Lakes Compact: On February 6, 2008, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The compact established a framework for the use and management of water from the Great Lakes Basin and helped prevent the diversion of water to areas outside the watershed.

5. Medicare Victory: On February 6, 2012, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that found that Medicare reimbursement rates were not set at a level that would ensure access to health care for beneficiaries. This ruling was a victory for Wisconsin hospitals and health care providers who challenged the reimbursement rates as unfair and inadequate.
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