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1960-Present

1965
Wisconsin passes legislation that bans discrimination in housing.

1967
Students at UW-Madison protest the Vietnam War. The demonstrations result in confrontations with police and injuries.

 

1976
Shirley S. Abrahamson is appointed the first woman to serve as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Shirley S. Abrahamson. WHi(X3)32913

 

1978
Vel Phillips is elected secretary of state in Wisconsin, the first African American elected a constitutional officer.

Vel Phillips. WHi(X3)32911

1980
Brother and sister, Eric and Beth Heiden of Madison, compete in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Eric sets a world record, winning five gold medals in speed skating.

1982-1983
State unemployment percentage reaches highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

1990
Wisconsin's population reaches 4,891,769.

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