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Green Bay History

April 1960
Gruen plans, aimed at downtown Green Bay in 1975, unveiled but support by individual property owners is lacking.

Preble consolidation

On November 3, 1964 the consolidation of the City of Green Bay and the Town of Preble was approved. The major concern for the Town residents was the quality of water in the town. This acquisition brought 11,976 acres of land into the City, doubling its size. Roman Denissen, later mayor of Green Bay, was instrumental in this union.

Curly Lambeau June 1, 1965
Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, Packer's founder and first coach, dies at age 67.

Earl "Curly" Lambeau was born April 9, 1898 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Curly went on to star in football at Green Bay East High School, located just 5 blocks from the Lambeau House.  He then briefly  attended Notre Dame University in 1918, scoring the first touchdown ever for Notre Dame's first year football coach, Knute Rockne.

In August, 1919 Curly and George Calhoun co-founded a football team that became the Green Bay Packers.  Chosen as captain before the first practice, Lambeau played for the Packers through 1929 and coached them through 1949.  He won a record six National Football League championships including a record three straight from 1929-31.  Both records remain unsurpassed.

City Stadium September 11, 1965
City Stadium is renamed Lambeau Field in honor of founder and first coach Curly Lambeau who died on June 1, 1965.
1967 Packer Win in "Super Bowl" One January 15, 1967
Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL's Chiefs, 35-10 at Los Angeles in the first "Super Bowl". The Packers' offense showed their stripes in the second half. Bart Starr continually converted passes on third downs that kept the drive alive. Starr's 250 yards and two touchdowns would earn him the MVP, though he was hardly the only candidate. Max McGee, out drinking the night before -- anticipating that he wouldn't play -- went in when wide receiver Boyd Dowler separated his shoulder on the second play of the game. McGee had caught only four passes in the entire regular season but looked like a bona fide All-Star against Kansas City, making seven catches for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Even better, he became the answer to the trivia question, "Who caught the first touchdown in Super Bowl I?"
  February-March 1967
City Council approves $11 million in funding for public works redevelopment projects, sprured by $7.8 million in federal Housing and Urban Development grants. Green Bay Redevelopment Authority formed, Gregby disbanded. Demolition of four blocks on Main Street, from Fox River east to Monroe Avenue starts.
  September 1969
First downtown developer, Knutson Co. of Minneapolis, signs on. Contract disolved two years later when national economic cycle hits bottom and JC Penney withdraws letter of intent to become second anchor to HC Prange Co.
USS Green Bay (PG-101) December 5, 1969
The USS Green Bay (PG-101) was commissioned in Boston MA. Named for Green Bay, Wisconsin, the first US Navy ship to bear the name, the USS Green Bay (PG-101) was built by Peterson Builders Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched June 14, 1969. The Green Bay was homeported in Little Creek, VA and made numerous trips to Guantanimo Bay, Cuba to serve in the role of the aggressor in fleet eercises. The Green Bay was decommissioned April 22, 1977.
(PG stands for Patrol Gunboat)
Lombardi carried off the field by Packer team

January 14, 1968
The Green Bay Packers win their second "Super Bowl" over Oakland, 33-14, in Miami. Head Coach Vince Lombardi had guided the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships in nine seasons, including three straight from 1965-67. Having beaten the Dallas Cowboys in a dramatic NFL Championship game on a frigid day at Lambeau Field, he now looked to cap his tenure with a second Super Bowl win over the AFL champions, the Oakland Raiders.

A few days after the game, Vince Lombardi confirmed what was widely rumored and stepped down as head coach, although he remained the general manager for another year. It marked the end of a remarkable coaching tenure for the man whose name became attached to the trophy presented each season to the Super Bowl-winning team.


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