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Janesville has found itself in the national spotlight repeatedly through its history. After years of thought and compilation, The Gazette unscientifically created a list of nine events, people and things that inserted Janesville into the national consciousness.

Those nine are featured in a series of stories that began July 6 and ends in August.

Janesville is his oxygen: Ryan and city go hand in hand
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Rep. Paul Ryan made his hometown famous in 2012 when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked Ryan as his running mate.
Janesville is his oxygen: Ryan and city go hand in hand
Janesville's General Motors closed doors in 2008 as the world watched
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The closing of the General Motors plant in the heart of the nation would come to symbolize, for some, the weakening of unions and the decline of a strong middle class.
Janesville's General Motors closed doors in 2008 as the world watched
Van accident haunts survivors
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A horrific traffic accident on the Interstate outside Janesville brought national attention to door-to-door sales crews.
Van accident haunts survivors
Visitors flock to Janesville after birth of white buffalo
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Thousands of visitors came to Janesville in 1994 after the birth of a white buffalo fulfilled an American Indian prophesy. Visitors continue to come today.
Visitors flock to Janesville after birth of white buffalo
When Geraldo comes to town: KKK fight put Janesville in national spotlight
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It started with the KKK. It ended with journalist Geraldo Rivera punching a neo-Nazi in the face in Janesville.
When Geraldo comes to town: KKK fight put Janesville in national spotlight
Rock Aqua Jays ski to the top
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The Rock Aqua Jays—and its home venue in Janesville—are known worldwide.
Rock Aqua Jays ski to the top
Parker Pen and Janesville: Famous together around the world
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People worldwide knew the well-known Parker Pen was made in Janesville. The Duofold pen even included both names on the item.
Parker Pen and Janesville: Famous together around the world
Frances Willard, raised in Janesville, changed the world
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Frances Willard grew up in a home along the Rock River in the mid-1800s, and some residents today might recognize her name. But when Willard was alive, everyone knew who she was.
Frances Willard, raised in Janesville, changed the world
Carrie Jacobs-Bond was musical trailblazer
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Carrie Jacobs-Bond, born in Janesville, became one of the most famous women of her time.
Carrie Jacobs-Bond was musical trailblazer