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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Wisconsin History

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1. On June 11, 1898, the City of Milwaukee's new sewer system was completed. It was one of the largest and most modern systems in the country at the time, with 55 miles of underground pipes and a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant.

2. In 1914, Joseph G. McCoy, a prominent Wisconsin businessman and inventor, was issued a patent for his "Automatic Receptor for Siege Guns." The device was designed to prevent damage to large guns during transportation and loading.

3. On June 11, 1927, Charles Lindbergh made a stop in Milwaukee during his historic solo flight across the Atlantic. He was greeted by a crowd of thousands and made a speech thanking the city for its support.

4. Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson declared June 11, 1987, as "Gay Freedom Day" in the state. The proclamation was met with controversy and backlash from conservative groups, but it marked an important moment in the state's LGBT history.

5. On June 11, 2012, Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election. The election was prompted by his controversial legislation to curtail collective bargaining rights for public sector employees, and it was heavily watched and debated by people across the country.
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