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5 Fun Facts About January 4 In Wisconsin History

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1. On January 4, 1977, the Green Bay Packers hired their first African-American head coach, Bart Starr. Starr was a former Packers quarterback and led the team from 1975-1983.

2. January 4, 1854, marked the founding of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The campus began with just two buildings and 17 students, but has since grown to become one of the largest public universities in the country.

3. In 2008, a large-scale ice storm hit southern Wisconsin on January 4, causing widespread power outages and damage to trees and buildings. The storm lasted nearly two days and left over 285,000 people without power.

4. On this day in 1926, the town of Rhinelander unveiled the world's largest Hodag statue. The Hodag is a mythical creature said to inhabit the woods of northern Wisconsin, and has become a popular symbol of the region.

5. Finally, January 4, 1987, saw the opening of the Milwaukee Public Museum's "Crossroads of Civilization" exhibit. The exhibit showcased artifacts and displays from ancient cultures around the world, and remains one of the museum's most popular attractions to this day.
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