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First Superbowl, January 15, 1967 Green Bay Packers v. Kansas City Chiefs
First Superbowl, January 15, 1967 Green Bay Packers v. Kansas City Chiefs Photo: Vernon J. Biever

Wisconsin Firsts

Project documents, with photos and slides, "firsts" associated with the state from 1844 (first harvesting machine invented near Janesville) to 1990 (first state statute using a broad-based income tax to fund recycling efforts). Other notable firsts include: first kindergarten in the United States (1856); first auto race (1878); first open primary election law (1904); first workmen's compensation law (1911); first (along with Illinois) to ratify the 19th Amendment for women's suffrage (1919); first to ban employment discrimination based on handicaps (1965); and first successful bone marrow transplant (1969).

Originally submitted by: Russell D. Feingold, Senator.



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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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