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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Wisconsin History

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1. Green Bay Packers Win Super Bowl I (1967): On January 11, 1967, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This victory marked the first Super Bowl win in Packers' history.

2. Wisconsin Becomes a State (1848): On January 11, 1848, Wisconsin officially became the 30th state in the United States. The state's capital is Madison, and the state bird is the American robin.

3. Fire Destroys Milwaukee's Newhall House Hotel (1883): On January 11, 1883, a fire broke out in the dining room of the Newhall House Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire spread rapidly and the entire hotel was engulfed in flames. In total, 71 people lost their lives in the tragic event.

4. Wisconsin Native Elected Senate Majority Leader (2007): On January 11, 2007, native Wisconsinite Harry Reid was elected as the Senate Majority Leader of the United States Senate. Reid was born in Searchlight, Nevada, but his parents were from Wisconsin and he spent much of his childhood in the state.

5. First State Capitol Building in Madison Burns Down (1904): On January 11, 1904, the first state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, burned down. The building had been constructed in 1837 and replaced in 1863, but the original structure had historical significance as it was the site of the state's first legislative session. The building was rebuilt in 1917 and continues to serve as the Wisconsin State Capitol today.
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