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1862 – (Civil War) Skirmish in Jonesborough, Arkansas

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry participated in a skirmish in Jonesborough, Arkansas.…

1862 – (Civil War) Assault on Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Union forces, including the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery, assaulted the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee. This strategic pass through the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia into Kentucky and Tennessee was a natural…

1832 – Black Hawk War Ends

On this date the defeat of and his followers at the , ended the . Black Hawk led the American troops northward while the rest of the Indians constructed rafts…

1961 – Lone Ranger Appears at Rock County Fair

On this date, with a cloud of dust and a mighty "Hi-ho, Silver," the Lone Ranger and his horse, Silver, appeared at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Played by actor…

1996 – Shirley Abrahamson Becomes Supreme Court Chief Justice

On this date became the first woman to be named Supreme Court Chief Justice in Wisconsin. Abrahamson was appointed by in 1976. At that time, she was the only woman…

1928 – UW Athlete Wins at Olympics

On this date Charles McGinnis of the University of Wisconsin won a bronze medal at the Olympic games held in Amsterdam with a vault of 12 feet 11 1/2 inches.…

1893 – Ethwell "Eddy" Hanson Born

On this date Ethwell “Eddy” Hanson was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Hanson was a composer of popular songs and an organist in the early days of radio. He moved to…

1878 – Perpetual Praying Begins in La Crosse

On this date the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration began their perpetual adoration of the eucharist. Tag-team continuous prayer of praise, thanksgiving, and petition keeps at least two sisters at…

1861 – War Bonds Issued in Madison

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on August 1, 1861, that the Legislature had authorized the sale of 1,000 bonds in the value of $100 to help defray the cost of…

1832 – Black Hawk’s Escape Across Mississippi Blocked

On this date the armed steamboat the reached the British Band on the Mississippi where they hoped to cross the river and escape the American troops. After being guided by…