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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Wisconsin History

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1. On September 13, 1835, the first steamboat arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The "Enterprise" traveled from Buffalo, New York, through the Great Lakes, making Milwaukee a bustling port city that would eventually become one of the largest inland ports in the world.

2. In 1919, the Green Bay Packers played their very first game on September 13, against the Minneapolis Marines. The Packers lost 6-0, but this marked the beginning of one of the most legendary franchises in NFL history.

3. The Milwaukee Braves won their first and only World Series title on September 13, 1957. Led by players like Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, and Eddie Mathews, the team defeated the New York Yankees in seven games to bring a championship home to Wisconsin.

4. On September 13, 1963, the University of Wisconsin-Madison admitted its first African-American student, a young man named Harvey E. White. This was a historic moment for the university and the state, as many other schools in the South were still resisting desegregation.

5. Wisconsin's own Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved "Little House" series of books, passed away on September 13, 1957, in Mansfield, Missouri. Though she spent most of her life in the Midwest, her stories of pioneering life on the prairie have captured the hearts of readers around the world.
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