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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…

1854 – Explorers Arrive in Ashland

On this date arrived in what is now Ashland. However, they were not the first explorers of European descent to venture into this area. Months before, was the first explorer…

1832 – Atkinson enters the Trembling Lands

On this date, General Atkinson and his troops entered the area known by the Native Americans as “trembling lands” in their pursuit of Black Hawk. The area was some 10…

1902 – Cornerstone Laid for Luther College

On this date, the cornerstone was laid for Luther College at West Sixth Street and Kinzie Avenue in Racine. [Source: ]…

1863 – (Civil War) Confederates Withdraw from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

After three days of fighting at Gettsyburg, Confederate leaders gave up their attempt to invade the North and retreated toward Virginia. Union troops spend the day burying the dead from…

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