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5 Fun Facts About May 16 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1861, Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall signed a bill that authorized the creation of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, which promoted agriculture throughout the state.

2. On May 16, 1883, the Wisconsin State Capitol building was completed in Madison, Wisconsin, after 11 years of construction. The building is known for its signature dome and is currently the tallest capitol building in the United States.

3. In 1905, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law that required all schoolchildren in the state to salute the American flag every day, making Wisconsin the first state to have such a requirement.

4. On May 16, 1930, the Wisconsin Senate passed a resolution declaring the state's official bird to be the robin, which is known for its distinctive red breast and cheerful song.

5. In 1944, Wisconsin Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr. introduced the G.I. Bill in Congress, which provided a range of benefits to veterans of World War II. The bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is widely seen as a landmark piece of legislation that helped to reshape American society in the post-war era.
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