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Wisconsin History Timeline

1900's continued
  • (1920) League of Women Voters founded by Carrie Chapman Catt of Ripon 
  • (1932) Wisconsin passed first unemployment legislation law in U. S. 
  • (1933) Dairy farmers out on strike 
  • (1934) Wisconsin Progressive Party founded 
  • (1941 - 1945) World War II; 375,000 Wisconsinites served, (including 9,000 women), 7,980 died 
  • (1946) Progressive Party dissolved, members rejoined Republican Party 
  • (1953) Braves baseball team moved to Milwaukee; Hank Aaron signed contracts with Milwaukee Braves 
  • (1957) Milwaukee Braves won World Series 
  • (1958) UW geneticist, Joshua Lederberg, won Nobel Prize for Medicine 
  • (1965) Legislation passed banned housing discrimination 
  • (1965 Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta; Grand jury investigated illegal lobbying activities in legislature 
  • (1967) Race riots held in Milwaukee; protests held by students at University of Wisconsin in Madison resulted in confrontations and many injuries; Green Bay Packers won first Super Bowl 
  • (1968) Demonstration at Wisconsin State University - Oshkosh resulted in 90 African-American students being expelled for damage to the administration building; Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 
  • (1969) Student strikes at UW in Madison demanded Black studies department, National Guard activated; Wisconsin's Interstate Highway System completed 
  • (1970) Anti-war protestors bombed Research Building at UW in Madison, one death; arson suspected in fire at "Old Main" at UW in Whitewater 
  • (1974) Democrats gained control of both houses; Kathryn Morrison first woman elected to state senate; striking teachers in Hortonville fired 
  • (1964 - 1975) Vietnam War - 165,400 Wisconsinites served, 1,239 killed 
  • (1976) U. S. District Court ordered integration of Milwaukee schools; Exxon discovered sulfide zinc and copper deposits in Forest County; Shirley S. Abrahamson first woman appointed to serve on Wisconsin Supreme Court; ice storm blanketed most of southern Wisconsin, $50 million in damages 
  • (1977) State employees union struck, lasted 15 days, National Guard ran prisons 
  • (1980) Brother and sister, Eric and Beth Heiden of Madison, competed in Lake Placid, NY in Winter Olympics; Eric set world record, winning five gold medals in speed skating; 15,000 Cuban refugees housed at Fort McCoy for the summer 
  • (1982) Milwaukee's Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. closed after being acquired by Stroh Brewing Co. of Detroit 
  • (1984) Tornado destroys Barneveld, nine dead 
  • (1988) Chrysler Corporation's auto assembly plant in Kenosha closed; first state lottery games started 
  • (1990) Milwaukee murders set new record, raised demands for crime and drug controls; more than 1,400 Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve soldiers called to active duty in Persian Gulf crisis, 11 died 
  • (1991) First Indian gambling contracts signed; a record 456 items in state budget vetoed by Governor Tommy Thompsom 
  • (1992) Protests by thousands of opponents were held at six abortion clinics in Milwaukee throughout summer; a major spill of toxic chemicals due to train derailment in Superior caused evacuation of over 22,000 people 
  • (1993) Cryptosoporidium in Milwaukee's water supply sickened thousands 
  • (1995) Heat wave caused 172 deaths 
  • (1996) Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee closed; train derailment at Weyauwega forced evacuation 
  • (1997) Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 
  • (1998) Tammy Baldwin was first Wisconsin woman elected to U. S. Congress 
  • (1999) Tommy Thompson elected to fourth term as Wisconsin's Governor 
  • (2001) Legislature approved local sales tax, revenue bonds for renovation of Lambeau Field 
  • (2001) Governor Thompson assumed post of U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; State Senator Margaret Farrow first woman Lieutenant Governor 
  • (2008) Lake Delton in Wisconsin Dells completely drained after record rains caused its banks to burst
  • (2011) Winter storm dumped nearly two feet of snow in some areas, wind chill temperatures were between -20 to -25F °

Wisconsin Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Friendship Adams 608
Ashland Ashland 715
Rice Lake Barron 715
Washburn Bayfield 715
Green Bay Brown 920
Mondovi Buffalo 715
Grantsburg Burnett 715
Chilton Calumet 920
Chippewa Falls Chippewa 715
Neillsville Clark 715
Portage Columbia 608
Prairie du Chien Crawford 608
Madison Dane 608
Beaver Dam Dodge 920
Sturgeon Bay Door 920
Superior Douglas 715
Menomonie Dunn 715
Eau Claire Eau Claire 715
Florence Florence 715
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 920
Crandon Forest 715
Platteville Grant 608
Monroe Green 608
Berlin Green Lake 920
Dodgeville Iowa 608
Hurley Iron 715
Black River Falls Jackson 715
Watertown Jefferson 920
Mauston Juneau 608
Kenosha Kenosha 262
Luxemburg Kewaunee 920
La Crosse La Crosse 608
Darlington Lafayette 608
Antigo Langlade 715
Merrill Lincoln 715
Manitowoc Manitowoc 920
Wausau Marathon 715
Marinette Marinette 715
Montello Marquette 608
Keshena Menominee 715
Milwaukee Milwaukee 414
Sparta Monroe 608
Oconto Oconto 920
Rhinelander Oneida 715
Appleton Outagamie 920
Mequon Ozaukee 262
Durand Pepin 715
River Falls Pierce 715
Amery Polk 715
Stevens Point Portage 715
Phillips Price 715
Racine Racine 262
Richland Center Richland 608
Janesville Rock 608
Ladysmith Rusk 715
Hudson Saint Croix 715
Baraboo Sauk 608
Hayward Sawyer 715
Shawano Shawano 715
Sheboygan Sheboygan 920
Medford Taylor 715
Arcadia Trempealeau 608
Viroqua Vernon 608
Eagle River Vilas 715
Whitewater Walworth 262
Spooner Washburn 715
West Bend Washington 262
Waukesha Waukesha 262
Waupaca Waupaca 715
Wautoma Waushara 920
Oshkosh Winnebago 920
Wisconsin Rapids Wood 715
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.