Rep. Paul Ryan made his hometown famous in 2012 when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked Ryan as his running mate.
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.
A horrific traffic accident on the Interstate outside Janesville brought national attention to door-to-door sales crews.
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.
It started with the KKK. It ended with journalist Geraldo Rivera punching a neo-Nazi in the face in Janesville.
The Rock Aqua Jays—and its home venue in Janesville—are known worldwide.
People worldwide knew the well-known Parker Pen was made in Janesville. The Duofold pen even included both names on the item.
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.
Carrie Jacobs-Bond, born in Janesville, became one of the most famous women of her time.