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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1845, the state of Wisconsin passed the first law in the United States to ban the sale and manufacture of alcohol "except for medical, mechanical, and scientific purposes." The law, known as the "Wisconsin Temperance Act," was not strictly enforced and was repealed in 1853.

2. On March 11, 1861, the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper was first published in Madison, Wisconsin. The newspaper was founded by William Fuller and Thomas E. Brittingham, and is still in circulation today.

3. In 1933, Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which repealed the nationwide ban on alcohol known as Prohibition. The ratification was celebrated with a beer parade in Milwaukee.

4. On March 11, 1957, the Green Bay Packers football team hired Vince Lombardi to be their new head coach. Lombardi went on to lead the team to five NFL championships, including victories in Super Bowl I and II.

5. In 2011, the Wisconsin state legislature passed controversial legislation known as the "Budget Repair Bill," which limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and sparked massive protests at the state capitol in Madison. The bill was later upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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