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  • 1820s - Henry Schoolcraft, James Doty, and Lewis Cass explore Wisconsin. U.S. settlers arrive in southwestern region of Wisconsin and begin mining for lead. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1832 - Black Hawk War
  • 1836 - Congress creates the Territory of Wisconsin. President Andrew Jackson appoints Colonel Henry Dodge as governor of the new territory. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1848 - Wisconsin joins the Union as the thirtieth state. Large-scale German immigration to Wisconsin begins. kids/ tl1.asp
  • News  1854 - February 28 – The Republican Party (United States) is founded in Ripon, Wisconsin.
    February 28, 1854
  • 1865 - 96,000 Wisconsin soldiers serve in Civil War, and 12,216 of them die in the conflict. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1871 - The Peshtigo fire results in more than a thousand deaths. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1899 - The lumber boom peaks in northern Wisconsin, with 3.4 billion board feet harvested in one year. kids/ tl1.asp
  • News  1899 - June 12 – New Richmond Tornado completely destroys the town of New Richmond, Wisconsin, killing 117 and injuring more than 200.
    June 12, 1899
  • 1901 - The Wisconsin legislature organized the first county agricultural high schools. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1915-1920 - Carrie Chapman Catt, born in 1859 in Ripon, leads the national movement to gain women the right to vote. After the passage of the nineteenth amendment in 1920, she founds and serves as the first president of the League of Women Voters. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1917 - Large numbers of African Americans from the rural South begin moving to Wisconsin communities, including Racine, Beloit and Milwaukee.
    The U.S. enters World War I. Wisconsin becomes first state to meet draft requirements; 120,000 soldiers serve in the military, and almost 4,000 die... Read MORE...

  • 1918 - Wisconsin established the first statewide numbering system to direct highway traffic, using odd numbers for state trunk highways running north-south and even numbers for those going east-west. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1921 - Wisconsin passed the first law eliminating all legal discrimination against women. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1932 - Wisconsin enacts first unemployment-compensation law in the nation. kids/ tl1.asp
  • 1933 - Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit the use of race or national origin as factors in hiring teachers. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1965 - Wisconsin became the first state to ban hiring discrimination based on disabilities. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1970 - Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit the sale and distribution of DDT, a powerful pesticide also toxic to fish, mammals, and birds. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1970 - April 22 - The First Earth Day
    Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he... Read MORE...

  • 1982 - Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public places of accommodation or amusement on the basis of sexual orientation. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html

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