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5 Fun Facts About June 5 In Wisconsin History

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1. On June 5, 1917, Jiminy Cricket creator, Ward Kimball, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kimball later moved to California where he became a Disney animator and worked on films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio.

2. In 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in California after winning the Democratic presidential primary. In Wisconsin, this news came while Governor Warren Knowles was at the annual Republican convention in Oshkosh. The convention paused to honor Kennedy's life.

3. June 5, 1977, marked the first day of the Country Jam music festival in Grand Junction, Colorado. This event, which now takes place in Wisconsin, has become a popular summertime attraction for music lovers across the country.

4. On this day in 1995, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 in the first game at the new Miller Park. The roof on the stadium was supposed to be open for the first pitch, but a delay caused it to be closed during the game.

5. June 5, 2019, was the first day of the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. This event celebrates the wandering lifestyle of hobos and offers live music, storytelling, and other activities.
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