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1972 – George Carlin Arrested at Summerfest

On this date comedian George Carlin was arrested at Summerfest in Milwaukee after performing his “Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV” skit. At this same festival, Plasmatics vocalist Wendy…

1921 – General Billy Mitchell Proves Theory of Air Power

On this date Milwaukee’s General William “Billy” Mitchell proved to the world that development of military air power was not outlandish. He flew his De Havilland DH-4B fighter, leading a…

1861 – (Civil War) First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia

Bull Run was the first major engagement of the war. This embarrassing Union defeat convinced many observers that the conflict would be longer and more brutal than they had anticipated.…

1832 – Battle of Wisconsin Heights

On July 21, 1832, soldiers led by caught up with near the Wisconsin River, outside present-day Sauk City. Black Hawk commanded only a small group of warriors from atop a…

1935 – Social Security Act Signed Into Law

On this date the was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt. The act, originally proposed to Congress under the name “Economic Security Bill” was drafted by the Committee on…

1864 – (Civil War) Expedition begins in Georgia

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry was among the Union forces beginning an expedition to Jasper, Georgia.…

1934 – Seven injured in riot at Horlick plant

On this day three policemen and five office employees of the were injured when a crowd of strike sympathizers stormed a motorcade of employees entering the plant’s main gate. Emerging…

1864 – (Civil War) Skirmish near Jackson, Mississippi

On this day in 1864, the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry fought near Jackson, Mississippi, during Union General Slocum’s expedition to destroy a bridge over Pearl River.…

1888 – Herbert Gasser Born

On this date Nobel Prize winner Herbert Spencer Gasser was born in Platteville, Wisconsin. Gasser attended the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated A.B. in 1910 and A.M. in 1911.…

1863 – (Civil War) Jackson, Mississippi, Campaign begins

The Jackson, Mississippi Campaign began under Major General William T. Sherman. The 11th, 12th, 23rd, 29th and 33rd Wisconsin Infantry regiments, 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery, and 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry took…

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