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5 Fun Facts About November 3 In Wisconsin History

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1) In 1836, Wisconsin became a territory under the United States, marking the beginning of its long road to statehood.

2) On November 3, 1871, notorious Wisconsin vigilante Lynne “Jack” Frazer was killed in a gunfight in New Mexico. Frazer had gained notoriety for his role in the lynching of several suspected horse thieves in Vernon County, and had fled Wisconsin to escape prosecution.

3) In 1906, the first intercollegiate basketball game was played in Wisconsin between the University of Chicago and Marquette University in Milwaukee. Chicago won the game 15-12.

4) On November 3, 1936, Wisconsin native and Green Bay Packers legend Don Hutson set the record for most touchdown catches in a single season with 10, a record that would stand until 1942. Hutson went on to become one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, and was the league's all-time leader in touchdown receptions until 1989.

5) In 1959, Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson established the Outdoor Recreation Acquisition Program, which aimed to preserve land for outdoor recreation and wildlife preservation. The program was instrumental in creating the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, among other natural spaces in Wisconsin.
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