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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Wisconsin History

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1. On January 30, 1862, the Milwaukee Sentinel, a major newspaper in Wisconsin, published an editorial criticizing President Abraham Lincoln's handling of the Civil War, sparking heated debate in the state over the war's purpose and the president's authority.

2. In 1877, on January 30, the first commercial cheese factory in Wisconsin was established by Anne Pickett in rural Monroe County. This event marked the beginning of the state's renowned cheese-making industry.

3. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the state's top educational institutions, was founded on January 30, 1849. The university has since become a leader in research and academics, attracting students and scholars from around the world.

4. On January 30, 1927, the temperature in Turtle River, Wisconsin dropped to an all-time record low of -55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is still the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.

5. In 1957, on January 30, the Milwaukee Braves baseball team signed future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron to a record-breaking contract, making him the highest-paid player in major league history at the time. Aaron would go on to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
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