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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Wisconsin History

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1. On March 1, 1847, the Wisconsin State Journal, the oldest continuously published newspaper in Wisconsin, was first published in Madison, Wisconsin.

2. The first public library in Appleton, Wisconsin was established on March 1, 1898, as a result of a bequest from the estate of Amos A. Lawrence, a prominent philanthropist and education advocate.

3. March 1, 1921, marked the inauguration of John J. Blaine as the 28th governor of Wisconsin. Blaine served as governor for two terms, from 1921 to 1927, during which he championed reforms in taxation and education.

4. In 1954, on March 1, the University of Wisconsin-Madison became the first university in the United States to offer a doctoral program in African studies. This landmark program was developed in response to the growing interest in African studies after World War II.

5. On March 1, 2006, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill into law that banned smoking in all public workplaces and indoor public places in the state. Wisconsin was the 24th state in the US to enact such a law, which aimed to reduce the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on public health.
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