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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In Wisconsin History

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1. On January 16, 1851, the Wisconsin legislature established the town of Menomonie in Dunn County. The town was named after the Menominee Indian tribe, who were native to the area.

2. In 1872, the Wisconsin Central Railroad was completed, connecting Milwaukee and Green Bay. The railroad played a vital role in the growth and development of Wisconsin's economy, transporting goods and people across the state.

3. On January 16, 1920, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This historic moment paved the way for women's suffrage nationwide.

4. In 1936, Wisconsin governor Philip La Follette signed a bill allowing women to serve on juries in the state. This made Wisconsin only the third state in the nation to grant women this right.

5. On January 16, 1945, Milwaukee native Arthur J. Goldberg was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Goldberg, who had previously served as secretary of labor under President John F. Kennedy, went on to play a significant role in several landmark Supreme Court cases during his tenure on the bench.
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