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1836 – Wisconsin Territory Created

On this date in Mineral Point, Col. took the oath of office to become the first Governor of the newly created . The Territory, previously attached to Michigan, encompassed what…

1943 – Statue Dedicated in Racine

On this date, a monument of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was dedicated in East Park in Racine. This was the first statue in the United states of a president and…

1938 – Last Performance of the Seils-Sterling Circus

On this date the Seils-Sterling Circus, from Sheboygan, performed for the last time in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At one time, it was one of the country’s greatest motorized shows. Its…

1968 – Milwaukee Bucks Named

On this date "Milwaukee Bucks" was selected as the franchise name after 14,000 fans participated in a team-naming contest. 45 people suggested the name, one of whom, R.D. Trebilcox, won…

1863 – (Civil War) Second Assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi

Union troops attacked Vicksburg for a second time after bombarding it with artillery for two nights. The 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery and 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 18th and 23rd Wisconsin…

1955 – Milwaukee Hawks Relocate to St. Louis

On this date the NBA approved transferring the financially strapped Milwaukee Hawks to St. Louis. The Hawks stayed in St. Louis until 1968, then moved to Atlanta. [Source: ]…

1931 – Janesville Police Nab Prohibition Violator

On this date Clifford Conn of Crandon was apprehended by Janesville police officers with 90 gallons of moonshine in his car. This was the largest single seizure of illegal alcohol…

1924 – Dr. C. I. Shoop Dies, ‘Patent Medicine King’

On this date, Racine’s "Patent Medicine King" Dr. C.I. Shoop died in Hollywood, California at the age of 73. The restored Shoop building still stands at 215 State Street in…

1864 – (Civil War) Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia

May 11, 1864, was the fourth day of almost continuous combat in the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia. Many men were so exhausted by May 11th that they collapsed and slept in…

1879 – Milwaukee (Telephone) Exchange Opens

On this date the Milwaukee Exchange opened, providing the city’s first telephone subscriptions. There were 15 customers on the first day. , and did as much as anyone in the…